Crafts and Classics

Urbain Coutteau was an ostriche breeder and homebrewer at his farm in Reninge. The ostriches have long gone, but the beer is still there. From their Struise headquarters in Oost-Vleteren, Urbain and his team are causing a revolution in the Belgian beer scene.  Try their Pannepot (Old Fisherman’s Ale, 10% ABV) and Black Albert (Belgian Royal Stout, 13% ABV).

Back in 1980, the Dolle Brouwers (Mad Brewers) were one of the first start-ups after decades of decline. Owner Kris Herteleer is one very talented brewer. Not only does he brew beers like Oerbier (9% ABV) and Stille Nacht (12% ABV), he’s also a very gifted artist. All the artwork in and around the brewery is done by Kris himself.

Although members of the Rodenbach family played a key role in the Belgian Revolution of 1830, they will forever be remembered for beers like Rodenbach Classic (5,2% ABV) and Rodenbach Grand Cru (6% ABV). A walk in the ‘Foederzaal’ with its 294 oak casks, some of which nearly 200 years old, is definitely one of the highlights of this tour.

After checking in at our hotel, we will set out for dinner and an evening stroll through the cobblestoned streets of picturesque Bruges.