It is one of the most historic traditional breweries in Belgium, where the BrugseZot, the best known and the mostdistinctivebeer of Bruges is brewed. It is located in a privileged place between the beguinage and the St. Salvator'sCathedral"
The origin of the De Halve Maan brewery, "The Half Moon" translated into English, dates back to 1856 when the family Maes takes over the brewerywhihc was in the Walplein in Bruges since 1564.
Over the years the family Maes improved the brewingtechniques and incorporated totally innovative tanks and cooling systems.
Its prestige grew to the point where their beer "BrugseZot" was recognized worldwide: the typical beer of Bruges.
BRUGE ZOT AND STRAFFE HENDRIK BEER
BrugseZot beer together with Hendrik Straffe beer is the only beer that is brewed in the historic centre of Bruges.
The BrugseZot is a tasty blonde, highly fermented beer made from malt and yeast. The name of this beer comes from the nickname of Bruges inhabitant "the fools of Bruges". This curious nickname comes from the legend that in one of the visits of Maximilian of Austria to Bruges, the inhabitants welcomed him with clowns, harlequins and other crazy characters. This did not seem logical to Maximilian, who rather saw it as an act of madness by the city.
There are two varieties of BrugseZot: BrugseZot Blonde and BrugseZotDubble, the latter with a bitter and heavier taste.
On the other hand, there is the Hendrik Straffe beer, one of the famous Trappist beers. It is quite strong with flavour of malt and hop. There are also several types: Golden Tripel (blonde) and Quadrupel brown (dark).
Don't forget to try the best known beer of Bruges when you visit the city.
Currently, there are guided tours of the brewery where you can see first-hand how the famous BrugseZot is brewed. These visits include a tasting of the BrugseZot beer.
Guided tours are available in Dutch, French and English from 11:00 to 16:00 h daily for 8 euros. All children under 6 years old don't have to pay the entrance fee.
Another highlight of the brewery De Halve Maanis the brasserie. It is a restaurant where you can find the most typical dishes of the area, such as the Waterzooi, a stew with fish or chicken and vegetables. The Flemish Carbonnade, beef stew with beer sauce, is another typical delicious Belgian dish.
Learn more about the De Halve Maan brewery and its history with our Guided tour of Bruges.
Walplein 26, 8000, Brugge.
BREWERY OPENING HOURS
- Open daily from April to October: 11:00 to 16:00 h. Open on Saturdays until 17: 00h.
- Open daily from November to March: 11:00 to 15:00 h. Saturday open until 17:00 pm and Sundays until 16:00 h.
- Guided tours every hour.
- Adults: 8 €.
- Children between 6 and 12 years old: 4.50 €.
- Children under 6: free.
HOW TO GET TO THE HALVE MAAN BREWERY
Because Bruges is surrounded by canals and preserves its medieval style, public transport does not run through most parts of the old town (some buses go to the Grote Markt). However, walking distances are not high and a walk around the city is very pleasant.
In order to get to the brewery and enjoy the city of Bruges you can follow the next route. From Bruges train station, walk towards the Lake of Love, and northeast from the station through a road that borders the park. The train station will be then on our right. Walk around 250 m until you get to the Poertoren tower that will serve as a reference. Once there turn left. Walk around 130 m and then you will get to the beguinage. Leave the beguinage, turn left and then left again. You are now in Walplein, where you can find the De Halve Maan brewery.
SOME NEARBY PLACES
- Beguinage (230 m).
- St. John's Hospital (240 m).
- Church of Our Lady (250 m).
- Gruuthuse Museum (400 m).
- St. Boniface's Bridge (400 m).
- Groeninge Museum (450 m).
- St. Salvator'sCathedral (450 m).