Cantillon Brewery Brussels
Updated: Sep 1, 2021
Cantillon Brewery Is Amazing
Visit the brewery at Rue Gheude 56
By far and away the highlight of our weekend in Brussels was the visit to Cantillon Brewery. Cantillon is a traditional, family-run lambic brewery. The Cantillon family founded the brewery in 1900 and it’s still independently run today. The process of making this beer is a bit different from your average brew. The process involves natural inoculation by wildly occurring yeasts and bacteria in the air.
You can read more at their website HERE, as this article isn’t meant to be a full history 🙂
Take The Brewery Tour
The experience is not like any brewery tour you may have gone on in the states. You walk around the production facility in all its funk and glory. From the first minute you open the big warehouse door you are hit with a wave of cool, damp, musty air. Greeted by the very friendly and happy staff, excited to give you a few background facts and send you off on your own to experience the facility. The tour doesn’t take long but it’s beautiful – take a look at the photos below.
Follow the path that will lead you to the tasting room. The tour price includes a beer sampling at the end of the tour. All of Cantillon’s beers are based on the same Lambic, so you start with that. Then you can sample the Gueuze or the Kriek – both wonderful. After that you settle in and start buying delicious bottles of the specialty brews they keep at the facility from the in-house bar. Of course, they also have a shop, where you can buy tee-shirts, stickers, coasters and bottles of beer to go.
I highly recommend taking some time one afternoon to stop in here, even if you aren’t really a sour beer drinker. The experience itself is quite unique and in my opinion, a must do in Brussels.