Europe Staying In Brussels For My Honeymoon

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ClassicBrad, Sep 18, 2012.

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  1. ClassicBrad

    ClassicBrad Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Me and the future-old lady are splitting two weeks between Rome (her choice) and Brussels (my choice). So-- please!!-- Give me the must-see stops, tours, events (October 15th-19th), or anything else that a beer lover would enjoy upon visiting one of the greatest beer destinations on earth.
     
  2. doopiedoopiedoo

    doopiedoopiedoo Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 Netherlands

    A search in the BENELUX forum would give you all the answers you need.
     
  3. herrburgess

    herrburgess Savant (999) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    There's a beer destination between Italy and Belgium called Germany.
     
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  4. ClassicBrad

    ClassicBrad Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2006 Pennsylvania

    At the time of planning this, we weren't sure if it would be too close to Oktoberfest to visit. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to check out Oktoberfest one day, but not really what I had in mind for the honeymoon. I've heard its sort of touristy and not a very true sense of the German culture.
     
  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Savant (999) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    No worries. Just being flippant. Actually, though, depending upon your train route you might make a stop in Koeln (Cologne) where you can literally walk out of the train station and be right at the Frueh brewpub. I spent many a (sometimes intentional) layover there knocking back a half dozen 0.2 liter glasses of the stuff. At any rate, I'm sure you'll have a blast. In Brussels I like de la Becasse, Mort Subite (though kinda touristy), and, of course, Cantillon.
     
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  6. ClassicBrad

    ClassicBrad Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Are most breweries alright with walk-ins or are reservations necessary? I remember browsing through the back of Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium and he mentioned reservations quite a bit.
     
  7. crusian

    crusian Crusader (737) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Brussels is a mistake to spend that much time in, to be honest. they have 1 brewery, Cantillon, a MUST hit. but then I suggest going outside. Brussels has great bars, moders, delerium, etc. but you can see and do the whole city in 1 day easy. It is very small.
     
  8. alpinebryant

    alpinebryant Meyvn (1,330) Feb 11, 2009 Connecticut
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    Mort Subite was a nice stop with authentic lambic , along with Cantillon for me. We also stopped into the Delirium Cafe a few times while I was there last year and enjoyed staring at the menu for a few hours as well as stopping into the upstairs bar that seemed to have the best service and most knowledgeable Bartender. I highly recommend stopping in there as well as checking out a few of the beer shops.
     
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  9. ClassicBrad

    ClassicBrad Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Ha, well thanks for the bode of confidence that my honeymoon will be a dud, but I think we'll be fine in Brussels for a few days. Just kidding, I know you're just trying to be helpful. We do plan on checking out some other cities. Delerium was definitely on my short list.
     
  10. Pundarquartis

    Pundarquartis Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Denmark

    Visit De Heeren van Liedekercke, just a short train trip outside of Brussels. One of the best beer bars in the world (in my opinion only trumped by Akkurat), but also cosy with locals, serving magnificent food. Both you as a beer geek and your to-be-wife (congrats by the way ;) ) will love it!
     
  11. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Plus one to that! Brussels for one day is enough! Better go to Antwerps and the world famous Kulminator.....

    Or.......dump the future misses and go to Belgium for two weeks!!!;)

    Thijs
     
  12. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Initiate (196) Dec 2, 2009 Florida
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    Let me know if you want any tips on beer spots in Rome - went there on my honeymoon and found some amazing beer bars.
     
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  13. ClassicBrad

    ClassicBrad Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Aboslutely! Shoot me a PM!
     
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