We were invited to pour our beer at the Brussels Beer Project Wanderlust Festival so we packed our bags (and beers) and headed across the channel. Here’s our top picks of places to check out in Brussels.
196 Rue Antoine Dansaert
At Pressure Drop we are entirely fuelled on coffee- so finding a good spot was the top of our priorities. This clean white cafe has a distinctly Scandinavian style, dark shelves line one wall and lush greenery hangs throughout the space. The coffee is roasted in house at their Leuven location and is perfectly prepared by their baristas. Food here is simple but delicious- great for breakfast.
Quai des Péniches
Wanderlust Festival was held just on the other side of the canal from this former Citroen garage now destined to become an expansive contemporary arts space. The venue is hosting 13 months of exhibitions and shows before the conversion works begin to create one of Europe’s largest centres for the arts. They have an exhibition program mixing visual arts, architecture, design & major installations as well as a street food market and waterside bar.
188 Rue Antoine Dansaert
Our hosts were so welcoming to us on this trip so needless to say we spent a lot of time in their Dansaert bar. The front of the space is set up for retail with beers & merch lining the walls, walk beyond the 15 tap bar and you’ll find a cosy seating area nestled amongst the barrels, just spitting distance of the brewery itself.
BBP use a BrauKon kit (fancy!) on this site to brew their pop-up series and collaborations. Their core range is currently produced by Brouwerij Anders, but they have big plans to open a new 35,000 hectolitre facility to bring all of their beers in-house.
28 Rue Lambert Crickx
This place is seriously cool. Originally a cigarette depot, founders Francois & Nacim have reimagined the building to house a spacious brewery with an attached taproom. The L’Ermitage bar feels like it could be in Hackney Wick; filament bulbs, pallet furniture, street art, fantastic beer and pizza. WIN.
Oh and it’s just 200m down the road from…
56 Rue Gheude
No beery trip to Brussels would be complete without a visit to this legendary spot. Take the self guided tour and wander around the production area, or grab a glass of lambic and chill out by the bottling line. The Magic Lambic was the highlight of our visit, a blend of Lou Pepe Framboise & blueberry lambic with vanilla. So tasty…