Brewery Visits & Beer Tasting

Guided brewery & beer tasting tours

Intro

The region is blessed with a number of (Trappist) Abbeys and other (micro)breweries.

Oh, and by the way, I'm homebrewer too ...

Private Guided Half Day Brewery / Beer Tours (A Few Examples)

#1 - Dinant - Brasserie des Fagnes - Trappist Abbey of Chimay - Dinant

#2 - Dinant -  Brasserie du Bocq - Brasserie Caracole - Dinant

Private Guided One Day Brewery / Beer Tours (A Few examples)

#1 - Dinant - Abbey of Maredsous - Brasserie des Fagnes - Brasserie du Bocq (& Abbey of Leffe) OR Brasserie Caracole - Dinant

#2 - Dinant - Trappist Abbey of Chimay - Brasserie des Fagnes - Brasserie du Bocq - Dinant

#3 - Dinant - The Trappist Abbeys of  Rochefort and Orval - Dinant

#4 - Dinant - Trappist Abbey of Rochefort - Brasserie du Bocq - (Abbey of Leffe) - Brasserie Caracole - Dinant

#5 - Dinant - Abbey of Maredsous - Brasserie des Fagnes - Trappist Abbey of Chimay - Dinant

#6 - Dinant - Trappist Abbey of Chimay - Brasserie des Fagnes - Brasserie Caracole - Dinant

Private Guided Long Day Brewery / Beer Tour

#1 - Dinant - Trappist Abbey of Rochefort - Trappist Abbey of Orval - Trappist Abbay of Chimay - Dinant (The 3 Trappist Abbeys in Wallonia)

Some Notes

Brasserie des Fagnes:
In this single place are gathered: a brewery of the 18th-19th century, a modern brewery in activity and a vast tasting room where you will have the possibility to taste one (or more) of the beers brewed on the spot, as well as many local products.
Guided visit & beer tasting.
Some pictures on Google Photos

Trappist Abbey of Chimay:
Guided visit to (part of) the Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey & trappist beer/cheese tasting in "L'Auberge de Poteaupré"
A few pictures on Google Photos

Brasserie du Bocq:
Family brewery founded in 1858.
Guided tour of the brewery, followed by a glass of beer. 
Some pictures of the Brewery on Google Photos

Brasserie Caracole:
The Brasserie Caracole is the last artisanal brewery that brews by means of wood-fired ovens. This unique brewery existed already in 1766 under the name of Brasserie Moussoux, then changed ownership and became Brasserie Lamotte in 1941, and was finally taken over in 1992 to become the Brasserie Caracole.
Guided visit of the brewery and sampling of four beers brewed there.
Some pictures of the Brewery on Google Photos

Abbey of Maredsous:
Abbey founded in 1872 by Benedictine monks, where we will visit (part of) the abbey and the church, and relax at the Saint-Joseph Visitors Center for an abbey beer/cheese tasting. 
See pictures on Google Photos

Abbey of Leffe:
Quick view from the outside.
See picture on Google Photos

Trappist Abbey of Rochefort:
Guided visit to (part of) the Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy Abbey, with beer tasting  in town (Rochefort).
Some pictures of the Abbey on Google Photos

Trappist Abbey of Orval:
 Guided visit to (part of) the Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey, with beer tasting in café "A l'Ange Gardien".
Some pictures of the Abbaye on Google Photos

30 November 2016 -  Beer culture in Belgium is now inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

"Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium. It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions. Almost 1,500 types of beer are produced in the country using different fermentation methods. Since the 80s, craft beer has become especially popular. There are certain regions, which are known for their particular varieties while some Trappist communities have also been involved in beer production giving profits to charity. In addition, beer is used for cooking including in the creation of products like beer-washed cheese and, as in the case of wine, can be paired with foods to compliment flavours. Several organizations of brewers exist who work with communities on a broad level to advocate responsible beer consumption. Sustainable practice has also become part of the culture with recyclable packaging encouraged and new technologies to reduce water usage in production processes. Besides being transmitted in the home and social circles, knowledge and skills are also passed down by master brewers who run classes in breweries, specialized university courses that target those involved in the field and hospitality in general, public training programmes for entrepreneurs and small test breweries for amateur brewers."
(http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/beer-culture-in-belgium-01062)