Cantillon Brewery, a beer lover's heaven
The Cantillon Brewery
is one of the most popular attractions in all of Brussels. Founded in 1900 by the Cantillon family, the brewery specialises in the production of lambic beers. This type of beer is produced by spontaneous fermentation, where ales are fermented with wild yeasts instead of cultivated brewers yeast. Beers such as the Gueuze, Kriek and a range of fruit beers are still brewed at the Cantillon Brewery today. Gueuze and Kriek beers are naturally sour due to the fermentation process and known for their great taste.
A window into the past
When entering the brewery, located in the city centre, it is like opening a window into the past. Since it's founding days in the 1900s little to nothing has changed, and the beers, tools as well as the brewing process is the same as in the beginning. Red copper containers, barrels and walls of bottles greet you as you enter. The brewery is an important piece of Belgian history and a must-see for any beer lovers visiting the Belgian capital.
Take a tour of the brewery
The Cantillon Brewery is one of the only remaining traditional breweries in Belgium but it is also a living museum. You can take a brewery tour to see the granary, original brewing machinery and stacked cellars and if you're lucky you might even be able to see the brewing or bottling in progress. If you want to learn more about the brewery or the beer, then strike up a conversation with the brewer at work. He can talk about his beers for hours.
When you visit the Cantillon brewery, part of which is also known as the Brussels Museum of Gueze, you'll also be able to taste some of the wonderful beers produced there, so make sure you stay in the nearby Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi, so you don't have to worry about getting around after your tour.