De Halve Maan
No prizes for guessing that Bruges’ most famous brewery means ‘The Half Moon’! “De Halve Maan” is highly recommended if you’re interested in beer – both drinking it and seeing how it’s made.
De Halve Maan holds a place in history in Bruges as it is the only family brewery in the centre of Bruges that is still active today.
Of course, many years ago there would have been numerous family-run breweries such as this, but they have come and gone as the years went by.
Take a guided tour of the brewery museum in which you can see the old traditional brewing methods they use and there’s one part of the tour in which you get a fabulous panoramic view over Bruges.
No brewery tour would be complete without sampling the beer, and beer tasting is included in the price. The tour takes about 45 minutes and they usually start on the hour, but arrive early to be guaranteed a place.
Check their website for latest opening hours: : www.halvemaan.be
Enjoy a meal in the pub or one of the fining rooms after your tour, and order one of their two popular beers, Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik.