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St. Cambrinus is known as the "king of ale" in the low countries, Germany as well as the Scandinavian countries and with another massive beer list of 400 or so beers, this is the place to get lost in the menu. Additionally, the Cambrinus has decent pub grub at the right price, and you may need to eat a little something because the beers can be quite strong. It is best to at least have a couple of hapjes or starters on hand to accompany the beer.
Considered by locals and tourists as an obligatory stop while in the city, Staminee de Garre is a hidden little bar right off the Markt. The bar is known for its extremely strong De Garre Trippel, a beer in which you can only have three before you are no longer allowed to purchase another. And with this potency, you will not want another. They do not serve food, but the beer is the real reason why people come.
The Brasserie Erasmus is located in the hotel of the same name and though the hotel is a comfy and very nice place to stay, its real draw is the quality beers on draught. They rotate constantly and each beer is handcrafted by locals, so if you seek Budweiser or anything else other than Belgian beer and the occasional one from Luxembourg, you will not find it here. The hotel itself only has ten rooms and the location is absolutely charming, so book in advance.
Explore a variety of local brews at 2be in Brugge/The Beerwall in Bruges. As you enter, you cannot miss the beer wall interestingly stacked with numerous beer bottles and glasses. A hotspot for locals as well a tourists, you will find this place packed on all occasions. In the understated yet cozy ambiance, guests can be seen reveling in a cheerful banter over a glass of beer. You can choose to mingle with the crowd or sit in the patio area enjoying a chilled mug of beer and admiring the overlooking beautiful canal.
At this brewery, in every glass of Brugse Zot there are six generations of brewing tradition, which they have been making since 1856. On the location itself, it has been documented since 1564, that there have been suds created on this spot. There is also a brewery tour offered in several languages and a free beer at the end of the tour. After January 2010, the brewery will be open only on weekends.
This beer cellar, with its copper tuns just like at the beginning of the last century, offers a unique atmosphere. Here the beer is brewed on the spot: lager, brown, amber and white Lille beer are all non-pasteurized and highly fermented, according to artisan tradition. The quantities are marked up on slates behind the bar and by Sunday evening the white beer has almost run dry! If you don't reserve a spot, the wait for a meal can be long on weekends. The menu offers a variety of local dishes - grilled hock, andouillettes and crêmes brûlées are found alongside a typical specialty from Alsace - the flammekueuche, a thin pastry garnished with onions, pieces of bacon and cheese, served on a wooden plate and to be eaten, preferably, with the fingers. Â Â
Go through the heavy wooden door at Roy des Gueux and you'll find yourself in the Middle Ages. Suits of armor decorate the room along with benches, large, heavy tables and a pot-bellied monk taking care of the fire. Jeff, the minstrel, will take you back in time with blues or bawdy songs. This is a real medieval tavern where you can come with a group to savor a sucking-pig and drink mead.
The owners of Pub Mac Ewan's are great fans of beer. So it should come as no surprise that there are 14 draught and 130 bottled options, with new brews introduced every month. The spacious pub is done in wood and warm tones, which makes for the perfect atmosphere to find your new favorite brand of golden elixir.