A taste of Flanders – The ultimate brewery, distillery and winery guide
Photos: Visit Flanders
Belgium is known throughout the world for its beer, but wine grapes have grown on Belgian soil since the early Middle Ages, and the country also produces an array of other interesting alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. In the following pages, we raise a glass to some of the finest producers of wine, beer and spirits in Flanders.
Belgium may be a country that is small in size, but it offers a superb range in beer, wines and spirits. For example, you’ll find over 2,000 unique beers here. From abbey beer, geuze, lambic, fruit beer, old red and brown ale and Trappist, there really is something to suit all tastes.
One event not to be missed is the Belgian Beer Weekend, which is dedicated entirely to the country’s national beverage. Held in the Grote Markt (Grand-Place) in Brussels, it sees numerous small, mid-sized and large Belgian breweries present their products. The next edition will take place between 4 to 6 September.
In the meantime, check out our guide to some of the country’s best drinks companies. From large family-owned breweries to innovative spirit manufacturers, not to mention the winemaker putting Belgian wine on the world map, there is plenty to make your mouth water.
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