Belgian Beer Culture in Antwerp
The second city of Belgium and home to the biggest port in the country. Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world and the diamond industry plays an important role in the economy of the city and has done throughout its history. Today, the city has a reputation for art and fashion. Antwerp has everything a traveller should wish for in a European city; world class museums and art, beautiful architecture and great food and drink. Antwerp may not be as laden with local micro-breweries and authentic Trappist tasting-rooms as some of the more provincial parts of Flanders (although Westmalle is in the province of Antwerp). But as the capital of the Flanders region, it serves as a showcase for all that’s best and most eclectic from Belgium’s wonderfully diverse beer universe. Maybe it’s something to do with the region being such a melting pot of diverse beer-tastes, lying at the cross-roads of Holland, France, and Germany. Maybe it’s something to do with this port city’s hard-working dockers having such a need for thirst-quenching beverages. More likely it’s because Antwerpers just know when they’ve hit onto a good thing.
Our Lady Cathedral,
- Selection of 8 Belgian and local beers
- Additional snacks : frites with mayonnaise, chocolate, Belgian cheeses
- Expert beer and foodie guide
- Visit of the most local and authentic bars of Antwerp
- Venture past the major sights : Our Lady Cathedral, Market Square, Steen Castle
What to expect
It’s no coincidence that new beers sprout up. Beer is gaining popularity worldwide. The beers Bosbier, Korsakov, Gageleer, Kamil, ’t Lekske, IQ, Cabardouche, De Hopjutters, Seefbier and others were recently launched in Antwerp. “A real beer hype is raging” “In addition to the many new beers attention is once again being paid to beers that were undeservedly ignored. Take, for example, Saison Dupont. Everyone knows that beer now, but 15 years ago they didn’t even though the brewery has existed for four generations.”
The beer trend ensures that niche beers with a very distinct flavour are able to capture a place on the beer menu, and that’s good news. “We see more and more ultra hoppy beers or heavy stouts. Until recently stout was as good as dead. Now it’s back and in different variants, with alcohol percentages from four to twelve percent.”
New beer brands dare to push the boundaries of their flavour. Gageleer, for example, spices its beer markedly with bog myrtle, which was very popular in the Middle Ages.
Our expert beer guide will unravel all those secrets for you and will take you on an experience of beer and Geneva Gin tasting paired with local snacks : Belgian cheeses, frites with mayonnaise and other snacks.