Beer lovers know that the very best krieken lambics are made with Schaarbeekse krieken. The name denotes a type of krieken cherry – a sour Morello cherry - rather than those that have been harvested in Vintage advertising
Schaarbeek (nowadays these krieken are grown in the area around Sint-Truiden in Haspengouw).
Schaarbeek is a busy municipality, part of Brussels. Here, the Schaerbeek Beer Museum appears slightly out of place in its location on Louis Bertrandlaan, a place that takes us back in a flash to the Belle Epoque at the start of the 20th century.
The museum is housed in the workshops of a former vocational college.
Your visit starts with a brief introduction to the history of Belgian beer. The brewing process is explained using a variety of brewing equipment, or 'brouwersalaam'.
Traditional Belgian beer styles, especially lambic, faro, geuze and kriek, all of which are characteristic of the Brussels region, are explored in detail.
The museum’s walls are covered in vintage enamel advertising signs. Well over 1,500 bottles and glasses are on display, ranged in alphabetical order by brewery. This extensive collection includes current brands and breweries as well as those that have disappeared into the mists of time.
You will discover that Duvel has not always been served in its current iconic glass. In the past it was poured into a flute-shaped glass.
A small café, perfectly kited out with vintage items, takes you back to the years between 1900 and 1930.
A museum without a café is like a sea without water.
In the estaminet, under the watchful eye of the patron saint of brewers, Saint-Arnold, you are invited to sample the Schaerbeekoise house beer, brewed by Abbaye des Rocs.
Opening times: Wednesday and Saturday between 2pm and 6pm. Group visits on request.
A tip: if you are still thirsty, turn left on leaving the museum and on the next corner you will find a beer shop with its own café, offering an extensive range of more obscure beers.
(From - https://belgium.beertourism.com/about-beer/museums)
Schaerbeek Beer Museum,
Louis Bertrandlaan 33 – 35,
Tel. +32 (0) 2 241 56 27 - +32 (0) 2 216 67 43