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  • The Gueuze was my favourite-very similar to Heineken with perhaps a bit of a stronger flavour
  • The Cantillon Brewery is a very interesting place to visit and is extremely informative

    • by Jessie Bahrey

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      If you like beer, or even if you are interested in local history, then a visit to Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, Belgium is a must while in the area. It is a museum of one of the most famous beer and beer-brewing families in Europe, as well as being a fully-operational brewery. Founded in 1900, everything remains the same as it was back then; the Van Roy-Cantillon family brews Lambic, Kriek, and Gueuze beer here, which if you are traveling in Europe, you will know are very popular beer there. We had been to the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam, so we wanted to see a brewery in Belgium.

      We took a short taxi ride from our hotel to the Brewery, and as soon as we walked through

      the entrance and paid our 6 euro each, we were taken to another century. The tools, barrels, bottles, cleaning equipment, boilers, and old photographs are everywhere inside, and many of them are the original. Our guide told us that in 1999, the brewery went ‘organic’ and only used organic ingredients now. We saw the huge barrels holding the ingredients that go into the beer, the granary where the beer is cooled by the air, a filtering machine, a bottling machine, and cellars where the beer stays in barrels for three years before being bottled and the bottles stay until they are ready to be sold. There are photographs covering all the walls, showing the history of this place, and although the entire building is not big,

      • it is completely full of equipment. Once the tour is over, you can wander to a small room where you can taste a sample of the beer, and then pick one to enjoy a full glass.

        The traditional Lambic beer is the oldest and most famous beer. The hops used in this beer are aged 3 years before they are mixed with barley and wheat. After the brewing process, they finished product must sit for another 3 years. During this three years period, the carbon dioxide escapes through the wood barrels, so that the final product has little or no carbon dioxide. We learned all this from our tour and the brochure we received as well. But of course, how does the beer taste? In the tasting

        area, we tried the Kriek and the Gueuze beers, which are the brands that the Lambic process results in. The Gueuze was my favourite-very similar to Heineken with perhaps a bit of a stronger flavour. We each had a bottle while sitting at a wooden table in the tasting room, which was full of tourists from all over the world. The Cantillon Brewery is a very interesting place to visit and is extremely informative.

        The hours are: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and is closed on Sundays. Admission is 5 euro per person which includes one drink and a guided tour during certain hours. The location is a 10 minute taxi ride from the Tourism Office, and there are several tram and bus stops within a block of the brewery.

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