Discover Belgium’s craft breweries

It’s time to put your taste buds to the test, and find your new favourite Belgium beer.

A history steeped in beer-making with over 700 to choose from – but where should you go to find the best craft beers in Belgium?

Holidays are the perfect time to try something completely new. That's why we've created our guide to our favourite craft breweries in Belgium.

What makes Belgium beer so special is the diversity. Belgium only brew 1% of the world's beer (in fact, the state of Oregon has more breweries than in the whole of Belgium), but that 1% features some of the most unique flavours you can find in the world. Primarily they are known for their fruit beers, but there are also darker, more robust beers available too.

A side note for designated drivers, but a very important one, you will have to forgo the beers.  Belgium is stricter than the UK, allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood, instead of 0.8.

Belgium’s beers are so diverse, there’s plenty to explore.
Belgium’s beers are so diverse, there’s plenty to explore.
Rodenbach

Roeselare, 1 hour & 30 mins from our Calais terminal

A brewery tour is not all about the sampling of the vast amount of beers on offer, it's about the secrets that go into creating the dark, amber liquid that makes the tour so interesting. On the tour of the Rodenbach brewery, you will discover why aging their Flemish reds in barrels is so important to its flavour. The tour is about two hours long, so expect to be a Rodenbach expert by the end of it.

Rochefort

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, Rochefort, 3 hours from our Calais terminal

Discover the history of Rochefort, and see how it has influence the taste of the beer.
Discover the history of Rochefort, and see how it has influence the taste of the beer, credit: Luca Galuzzi.

Sometimes when you try a beer, you can almost taste the history in it, this is one of the reasons why Rochefort beers are exploding with flavour. The abbey where the brewery stands has been there since the 13th century, and has had more than its fair share of hardship, being destroyed and confiscated throughout its history. That hasn't stopped the monks from dedicating their lives to the abbey, and its brewery.

They started brewing beer here in the 16th century, but due to its tumultuous history it wasn't an easy ride. It was only during the 1950s when they were able to brew without difficulty, they added Rochefort 8 and Rochefort 10, stronger versions of the original Rochefort 6. Their beers use water from the Tridaine spring, which they are fighting to protect, as it is integral to its taste.

Unsurprisingly, the brewery has been described as the most beautiful in Belgium, thanks to its copper domed kettles, stunning scenery, and historical backdrop.

Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles

Brasserie Artisanale de Rules, 3 hours & 30 mins from our Calais terminal

Microbrewing is an art in itself, and a tour around Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles will show you the differences between this and a large brewery.
Microbrewing is an art in itself, and a tour around Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles will show you the differences between this and a large brewery.

From a historical brewery, rich with history, to a modern microbrewery, Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles is based in an old farm and creates beers in open fermenters, so they become more flavoursome. One of the signature beers, La Rulles Triple, is infused with herbs, spices and ginger, in keeping with Belgium's fame for uniquely flavoured beers.

Compared to the last two breweries, don't expect impressively large equipment when you visit here. As it's a microbrewery, the kettles and rest of the kit is in keeping with its name; they're smaller and neater. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's not as interesting to see, the open fermentation process is unique, and the intimate feel means you'll have a more personal experience than on a larger tour.

Is your mouth salivating at the thought of raising a glass of Belgium's finest? As it's only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, you can enjoy a cold, refreshing beer in no time. To make your journey even sweeter, book your tickets with us early to get the best price.

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