In Leuven, a.k.a. the beer capital, you absolutely must have a beer experience planned during your stay. Get acquainted with the Belgian beer culture in the hometown of Stella Artois. The brewery is within walking distance of the city centre. You can also discover small, artisanal breweries in the vicinity that are very busy trying out new beers and innovative recipes. Leuven is the place to be for beer lovers who want to enjoy a delicious brew.
LEUVEN BEER WEEKENDS WITH AN INNOVATIVE BEER FESTIVAL
In April of every year, Leuven spends several weekends focusing on beer. A highlight of the itinerary is the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival, which brings together craft beers from around the world. Try new recipes, unique ingredients, and special beers from all over the world. The craft brewers will be happy to introduce you to their products.
The itinerary also includes the Zythos Beer Festival, which is another annual appointment for beer buffs. There are over 500 beers for you to try at this great festival.
VISIT THE STELLA ARTOIS BREWERY
Learn about the fascinating brewing process behind your favourite beer at the Stella Artois brewery, within walking distance of the city centre. The world’s largest beer concern lets you learn about the beer’s exciting history. You will see every aspect of the industrial brewing process. End your tour with a refreshing, freshly tapped Stella in the brewery’s pub.
- Tours every Saturday + Sunday
- At 1 p.m. in Dutch and at 3 p.m. in English
- €8.50 per person (be sure to check out the special trade rates)
- Tickets available online, at the Visit Leuven office, or via the special trade rates
A BREWERY DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE PUB
The Domus home brewery is located in a picturesque little street behind Leuven’s Town Hall. They’ve been brewing beer here since 1985. The brewer works with small-scale machinery and follows a traditional process that doesn’t use any additives. There are two house beers, Con Domus and Nostra Domus, which are supplemented with a seasonal beer. You can take a guided tour of the brewery with groups of 8 people or more. Did you know that there is a pipeline running directly from the brewery to the brasserie’s bar?