Hop aboard P&O Ferries and visit the De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges

Where better to drop in during a warm summer’s day than a brewery? How about a brewery in Belgium, one of the world’s most renowned producers of beer? The De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges is a great pit stop on your next trip to the continent with P&O Ferries.


Visiting local breweries is a popular tourist attraction in Dublin (Guiness), Bremen (Beck’s) and Amsterdam (Heineken). You can add Bruges to that list of beer-savy European cities.

De Halve Maan brewery is the only family brewery still active in the Flemish capital. It was set up way back in 1856 and is still going strong: The malty, sweet Brugse Zot blond, which won the Brewers’ Association’s 2008 World Beer cup, is brewed here, along with the Straffe Hendrik, a spicier, fuller-bodied brown beer.

There are daily guided tours available, which take in both the brewery and the museum. Apart from beer tasting, there are also some great views over the city to be enjoyed, and those so inclined can round off their visit with a meal at the in-house restaurant.

Tours cost only €6 per person and are on offer every hour from 11am until 4pm (Monday -Friday and Sundays) and 11am until 5pm (Saturdays). They are available in Dutch, French, English and German.

To visit the De Halve Maan brewery, you can take a P&O Ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge, which is Bruge’s designated port and only around 10 miles away from Bruge’s city centre, where the brewery is located.

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