Belgium is famous for its beers. I am not a big fan of beers but my boyfriend is a real beer lover. Although I don’t drink a lot of beer, I find the whole brewing process very interesting, so visiting a brewery is something I really like. In the past, I already visited a few breweries, often as part of a brewery class during my education. But in Belgium, there is no shortage of breweries that you can visit.
We decided to visit Achouffe brewery, in Achouffe, in the Southern part of Belgium. Their beers are easily recognizable because of the gnome that is used everywhere. The first beer they brewed, and still the most popular one, is La Chouffe, an unfiltered blond beer.
Tour of the brewery
During a 45 min tour, you discover what makes their beers so special. Our guide talked extensively about the brewing process, the different ingredients, and the different beers. Because La Chouffe isn’t their only beer: they have a wide range of beers making them appealing to a broad audience.
After the tour: the tasting. When you book a tour, you will get 3 tastings. La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe are standard while you can choose the third one.
I really wanted to try the new Cherry Chouffe, their latest addition. For this beer, cherries are added and the result is a deliciously sweet beer. If this beer is a success, it will be launched onto the Belgian market in October. And I will for sure buy a few bottles.
My boyfriend opted for a Chouffe soleil, a blonde special beer.
You also get a small glass and 1 coupon for an extra beer in 1 of the 5 pubs.
This tour is a must if you like beer. The explanation is really good but still not too long. And of course, the tasting is really good. The tours are given in Dutch, English, and French and can be booked on their website. I recommend booking those in advance because tours are very popular. And if you want, you can buy some souvenirs or beer at the shop.
Before or after the tour, you can walk around the beautiful Achouffe environment.
Which other breweries are a must to visit?
Brewery “De Halve Maan” in Bruges is also a very nice place to visit, in the middel of the medieval town. And the brewery if Duvel in Puurs is also very nice, for a little money you can get some sandwiches, a degustation session and a big bottle Als a present. Very nice reservation tool on the website as well.
I love that little gnome. Not a drinker either, beer or spirits, but the brewery process fascinates me too. To go from hops grown in a field to a co-co in a glass is amazing when you think about it. Real art there. A science. Literally. Thanks for sharing 🙂