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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 26 97
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Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Visited the brewery on December 19, 2011. The brewery is located in a pleasant square near the center of Bruges. Took a group tour, tours are every hour in English, French, or Dutch (possibly in other languages too but I'm not sure). The tour covers the brewery's brewing process, some basics about the ingredients of beer and a lot of the history of the brewery, which has been family-owned for generations, as well as a visit to the brewery's roof, which has a nice view over the town. At the end of the tour you get a glass of their Brugse Zot beer, which was pretty tasty. My only criticism would be that the service in the restaurant was pretty slow, it was raining and cold and we stopped in to have a coffee before the tour started but couldn't get a waiter's attention for somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. Otherwise it's a fun experience, our tour guide was very friendly and warm and the tour and beer were a great experience.
12-21-2011 00:17:49 |
More by WillCarrera
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Visited in March 2006.
Got completely, totally, unredeemably lost wandering around Brugge. I dont know why, but there you go. Ran into this place though and decided to give it a whirl.
The interior of the bar cafe is clean and proficient. Ran into a very nice English family there and we chatted while waiting for our tour to begin.
The bar folk seemed befuddled by my request for a beer before the tour started, but they got over it in a hurry. As mentioned previously you have a choice of a Blonde and a Bruin, both clean and non-offensive.
The tour itself is shockingly well worth the money and the climb through the old brewery spaces. If you don't worry about falling and cracking your head at least once you're not doing it right! For the brewer and historian in me this was well worth the stop!
01-01-2007 10:07:31 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5
The tour was pretty good. It was not intended for the beer brewer. They offered it in English and French so our tour guide was speaking only in one language. The guide would tell us points of interest but felt rushed because there was a French tour right behind us. Several times I lagged behind to look at something in detail and he suggested I move quicker. The free beer was limited in selection. We could only get Spring beer with the tour and other beers were available but at an additional price. They had a buffet dinner available but we had just finished eating lunch at a local place so did not eat the meal. It looked good though.
07-11-2004 04:08:57 |
More by LarryKemp
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
I was going to wait until my next visit to this establishment before I reviewed it, but as it has now closed (at least in its old form), I thought I had better do so from memory.
Lovelly courtyard appears as you walk through the gates, the far diagonal corner has a small flight of steps which lead to the actual bar and large seating area.
My glass of Streffe Hendrik was tart and wonderful, I also enjoyed the little brewery trip that I took while there.
I am truely sorry to hear it has closed, I will revisit the site on my next trip to Brugge, to see what has replaced it.
Update from June 2009: Open and very, very busy on the Saturday afternoon we tried to use the place. The courtyard was awash with tourists and the queue for the 15.00 brewery tour was about 50 strong. We couldn't even get into the main bar inside, just too full. My party of 12 didn't stay, we had turned up the wrong day!
12-27-2006 16:30:15 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
We went to de Halve Maan on our day in Bruges, 14JUL09. The brewery is very easy to find, off a main square, and the place seems to be very popular. You walk through an alley to find the brewery's outdoor patio area that was very crowded when we arrived around lunchtime on a weekday afternoon. Tickets for the brewery tour are located inside the main cafe area indoors at the bar. We made it just in time for the 2PM tour.
The tour took us through various portions of the brewery, which occupies a couple buildings, and is the only remaining brewery in the Bruges city center. They explain the brewing process, as well as take you to the roof of the building which offers great views of the entire city. The tour dropped us off at the cafe, where we were treated to a Brugse Zot Blonde on tap. They explained that the beer at the brewery was unfiltered and how it differs from the beer that is commercially sold in bottles which is filtered.
The place seemed to get more packed as we were drinking our beer so we left after I picked up a glass, otherwise I would have stayed and tried the Straffe Hendrik, but luckily they had that on tap at the cafe across the street (which I prefer over the Zot).
Definitely worth seeking out if you're in Bruges, might be better to avoid the midday crowd though. Still, we enjoyed the tour.
07-31-2009 21:23:55 |
More by bernardus
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Fun way to blow some time off. Sweet old brewery to say the least. The tour is a well oiled machine. You are pushed on through. The beer is tasty as well. The highlight was a picture of the next young man in the family to get the brewery. He has a look on his face that is priceless...like "awww yeaaahhh".
07-15-2013 07:04:46 |
More by tyboxr
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The tour is very worthwhile, and you get a great view of Brugge' rooftops during part of the tour. It is my understanding that they have resumed actually brewing in this brewery. The outdoor patio is lovely for lunch in good weather. However, they don't serve food in that timespan after lunch but before dinner, so if you show up at 4 pm like we did one day you are out of luck. (We returned a few days later for lunch). Service is a bit so-so...our server did not want to serve us on the attractive outdoor patio even though there were empty tables. We insisted and she grudgingly let us sit there.
We enjoyed the Brugges Zot beers, and bought some cool t shirts....especially happy they have women's spaghetti strap tanks in 2 languages! We ordered these big salads and really enjoyed all the fresh vegetables and attractive presentation. There was also a tasty beer soup. Our friends ate lunch there a few days earlier and also were enthusiastic about their food and the beer.
08-13-2006 16:11:19 |
More by catwoman
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
Worth a visit when in Bruge, but they only serve their own beers. The food in the restuarant is good value, and plenty of space to sit down. Cannot comment on the Museum tour, as we did not have the time. Group parties seem to be the norm, though they are arranged at frequent intervals.
If you just want a good value mid-day meal, and a beer it works fine, but this is not a place for serious beer drinking!
Worth a visit, even if you only have one of their own beers, which I enjoyed, and good value food and plenty of space to sit down at mid-day. Only open till 6pm.
04-08-2004 16:16:56 |
More by JohnW
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by the Half Moon at about 11:30 AM. I wasn't really interested in the tour, but I had enjoyed several Zots while in Brugge, so I was hoping to pick up a few t-shirts, large bottles, and maybe a few other goodies they had for sale. Well, after 10 minutes of watching the staff drink coffee, ignore me, drink more coffee, put on and then remove a necktie, and then acknowledge and wait on the people that came in after me, I left empty-handed. Sad. The place was barely half full. I can't imagine the service during a full on rush. Love the Zot though, especially when drinking it elsewhere!
11-24-2008 22:52:54 |
More by i13tony
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
This historic brewery is a must stop while walking the city. I reccomend going early to buy your brewery tour tickets as the tour is limited to 30 people. Also if you plan on doing the tour be prepared for lots of steps (approx 150) and wear sneakers. The tour is commonplace knowledge wise, but a must to see the very old facilities there they used to brew and cellar their beer. Your tour guide will try to explain that it is still a working brewery.. but in reality they contract brew the tripel and the brune. The tour includes one beer after the tour in the "bar area". The bar is well appointed and has a huge fireplace. Beer bottles from all over Belgium and hops decorate the place. The only beers offered are their tripel and brune but at good prices (2-3 euro). Service is well just so so... you will have to seek out another round for yourself. The location is great.. the tour ends on the roof that gives you a great view of the city.. but it is more beer history that beer bar. The menu looked ok.. but we did not eat.
04-08-2004 03:30:59 |
More by frank4sail
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