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The next review from our visit to Brugge is Brouwerij de Halve Maan (Brewery the Crescent Moon). Did you know that this brewery brews the (famous) “Brugse Zot” and “Straffe Hendriks”?
The brewery is located near the heart of Brugge and it excists since 1856. The brewery is still operational on its original location which is very special. To produce more beer, they even build (an crowed funded) a pipeline for the beer to transport the beer underneath Brugge to the botteling factory just outside the city.
We would have never knew all these facts without the XL- tour that the brewery offered!
The tour started at the, currently used, brewing kettles. Our guide told us about the process and how the beer flows through all four of the brewing kettles. She told us how to use each one and how it contributes to the final product, beer.
Our next stop was at the top of the building of the brewery. This might be one of the best views there is of Brugge. You could see the whole city and all it’s assets.
Our tour ended at the bar in the basement. Since we did the XL tour, we got an unfiltered Brugse Zot, a Brugse dubble and we had the choice of a Straffe Hendriks triple or quadruple. We never drank a Straffe Hendriks and it was amazing to finally drink a quadruple beer!
The tour was fantastic and very informative and the guide did a fantastic job at explaining everything about the brewery and answering all the questions from our group. We loved it!
If you are planning to travel to Brugge, you definitely shouldn’t skip a tour at the Brouwerij de Halve Maan!