In a pretty square and backing onto the southern part of the canal that dissects the central ring of Brugge, this brewery is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, so expect to find people here. The tour is just one of three reasons to come here, perhaps the best being the large converted warehouse room that is a Brasserie overlooking the canal. Food of course is served here but the beer has only travelled a few metres from where it is produced, albeit you’ll be limited to the breweries own selection. It’s a lovely place to relax in though. There’s a bottle shop here too also limited to the breweries products, and the beer is over a Euro more expensive here than in the supermarkets in the city centre. You do not have to go on the tour to access the Brasserie or shop and all are accessed via the inner courtyard beyond the entrance. If they are brewing you should be able to smell it in the air before you even get close to the brewery.
Large brewery building with an inner courtyard that is constantly crowded with tourists drinking beer and lines of tourists waiting for the facility tour. Two beers offered on tap when we were there, both are not so great, and we decided to not stick around too long as there is a lot of great spots to visit in Brugge and this place is certainly not one of them.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 3, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
Visited October 2012.
At 3pm there are about two places in all of Brugge that serve food. Since we struck out across the street and at pretty much every other food-serving establishment in the area we decided to have beers here first. In case you’re wondering we ended up eating at a cafe down the way which was nice enough except that as we sat on the cobblestone and ate our sandwiches we sat next to a guy that lit a new cigarette every 90 seconds between sips of wine. After he left and we could both breathe and actually smell our food he returned with two cartons of cigarettes. Luckily he didn’t stop and just kept walking.
At the brewery we ordered a round of all the house beers and drank them outside in the courtyard. It’s a very nice place minus the lack of service and the wobbly tables. It’s in the adult Disneyland garbage that is Brugge but it’s got it’s own little courtyard that protects you somewhat from the constant flash photography and tour groups of 50.
Sadly the beer is not very good. I had high hopes since I had tried the quad before and thought it was decent to good. The others were not so good. The one they were missing that i was most excited about was the oaked quad but that seems to be a seasonal release and it’s expensive (30 euro). Since my visit here they’ve begun exporting it to the US but for a similar price point so I’ve scrolled past thus far.
So I guess my experiences were a bit contrasting in that it’s a beautiful place and a bit of a safe haven from the annoying tourists (not that we weren’t tourists) but the beer isn’t all that great. Oh well, it’s certainly worth a stop once.
**edit: it’s funny to read the other ratings about it being over run with tourists. Maybe we got lucky.
The only game in town as far as breweries go. Really nice facilities and beer garden area to drink, but the beers are mediocre at best. Fairly pricey compared to a lot of other Belgian breweries, too.
Fin (1149) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 6, 2006
Went here and did the brewery trip as well, as someone has already mentioned it is a very good trip and worth it not least for the stunning views of the City from the brewery roof.
The Pub/Brewery tap was very smart and tidy, the staff were friendly but there is no denying it is a bit touristy. The beer I had Zot was excellent, certainly worth going to.
The only brewpub in Bruges. Nice place with typical Belgian brews.
Rune (836) Tromsø, Norway | May 22, 2011| Updated June 28, 2011
Brugges only brewpub is situated between the city centre and the railway station. When I arrived at noon on a Monday there were already quite a few people drinking inside and at terrace outside. Inside the place is like a high ceilinged beer hall with one section for dining and one for just drinking. Polite service. Their beers list is not outstanding in numbers, but the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was a real treat (visited, 02.05.2010).
Apparently, the Straffe Hendrik lineup is not produced in town. Only the Brugse Zot would be. In the South of Bruges center, the brewery/museum is nevertheless a beautiful place to visit. Beautifully relaxed terrace right under the shade of the massive fermentor. They also have a full-range kitchen with Belgian specialties which is probably the excuse you’d need to plan a visit as most other good places in town are not good food options.
Lovely courtyard appears as you walk through the gates, the far diagonal corner has a small flight of steps which lead to the actual bar and large seating area.
My glass of Streffe Hendrik was tart and wonderful, I also enjoyed the little brewery trip that I took while there.
Re-visited June 2009 and it was and very, very busy on the Saturday afternoon we tried to use the place. The courtyard was awash with tourists and the queue for the 15.00 brewery tour was about 50 strong. We couldn’t even get into the main bar inside, just too full. My party of 12 didn’t stay; we had turned up the wrong day!