Belgium and beer, it’s so much more than an alliteration. The brewing business has been rooted into the Belgian culture for centuries and it’s quite the national pride. From easy breezy pints over fruity drinks to beers that feel like you’ve just had an entire meal – there’s something to everyone’s taste to be found. Even those who’re usually not a fan of brews can’t say no to a refreshing cherry beer. Especially now that the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising, many a Belgian can be found with a beer in hand on a terrace at night or during the weekend.
Yet, even in a country which is as entwined with the beer business as is Belgium, there’s still room for something new. Every year, dozens of new creations see the light of day, some more successfully than others. And it’s not only the brews that keep on reinventing themselves. Aside from the usual, more traditional breweries, Belgium’s also been seeing a surge in new arrivals on the brewing scene over the last couple years. Some of them have grown out to be big and bold while others keep going on a smaller scale.
Drinking along the Canal
One of those ‘newer’ breweries in Belgium is Brussels Beer Project. The company has been around for almost ten years now but its success rivals that of much older institutions. If you’re a beer fanatic, you’ll probably already be (very well) acquainted with their brews. If not, just keep an eye out for any funky beer bottles at the shops – chances are, it’s one of their creations.
Due to its huge success, Brussels Beer Project keeps on expanding. At the beginning of the year they took up residence in their new building along the Canal and now, they’ve added something which can be enjoyed by each and every beer lover. At the same location, along the canal and just beside the Cureghem Bridge in Anderlecht, a grand beer garden has opened its doors on May 21st.
The garden annex terrace has been named BBP Port Sud and is the perfect place to enjoy a cool beer when the city’s steaming this summer. Thanks to the cycling path longing the canal, it’s very easily reachable by bike, which is definitely a plus. On the menu, you’ll find fresh craft beers straight from the barrel. To be enjoyed with moderation, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer.