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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 26 97
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| Reviews: 39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here for lunch on 28SEP11 after some morning site-seeing. Had walked by the place earlier in the day and didn't even notice it. Swung back later and - Bingo!
On the small square where it's located, it is part of an unimposing, multistory brick building. I likely missed it since it is found through an arched tunnel, located in the rear of this building. Through the tunnel will be found a lovely, quiet courtyard. There were probably about 25 small tables there, most of which sat 4 people. The brewery itself, and the main restaurant, were found further to the rear-left, up a short flight of stairs. The remaining surroundings are whitewashed brick walls covered in ivy and other flora. Inside the main building is a large series of rooms for dining and drinking. It's a cavernous place, with the ceiling 2 stories up, very well-lit, and decorated with hops, old beer bottles, lots of copper, and bier posters and pics. There were a couple dozen tables in this main room, plus a smaller room to the rear which, with it's fancy white table-cloths, looked to be reserved for special functions. A large, semi-circular bar sat at the immediate left as you entered the tavern. I opted to park at a small courtyard table for some grub and grog. They had a small mini-bar outside pouring their blonde and dubble from a tap, plus bottles of a tripel and quad were available. I had a dubbel, then a quad, and they were both very satisfying. Service outside was a bit touch and go, as there were only 3 or so out there serving the 25+ tables. I lunched on a ham, cheese and bier soup, which was delicious! This was a very relaxing, enjoyable lunch, indeed. Definitely worth another visit someday. Zum Wohl!!
4.05 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
11-01-2011 13:15:20 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very good beer, and the environment is pretty cool if you sit outside. The inside is clean, and well-lit, though otherwise unremarkable. There were only two beers on tap, though there were several more bottled beers to choose from. The staff was friendly and helpful. Recommended.
05-31-2013 21:15:18 |
More by McBraniel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only family run brewery remaining in Bruges.
About a 20-25 minute walk from the center square of Bruges, this place will not jump out at you. Keep an eye out for a metal sign of a Half Moon on a red brick window and follow the short entrance ally way to the front.
We were hungry so before buying our tickets for the tour we sat down and had some delicious shrimp croquets and 3 Brugse Zot blond. The tour costs 5 E, and you get a ticket for a free beer that the bar afterward. Most tour is pretty uninformative to the beer geek, a lot of basic brewing talk and descriptions of ingredients, but learning the actual history of such a brewery is priceless and is to be soaked in. The guide takes you up 80 something stairs throughout the tour and eventually you end up on the roof of the brouwerij with an incredible view of Bruges.
The Brugse Zot beers are not bottled nor filtered at this location. The beers served at the bar are as brewery fresh as it gets, unfiltered. It really is a beautiful place. I bought a t shirt for support.
Beer geeks, there is no excuse not to hit this place whilst in Bruges, take a cab if you dont fee like walking, but it is a great walk...
05-05-2008 16:11:39 |
More by ATPete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
As part of a beer tour group we visited Staffe Hendrik and loved it. One of the best facility tours by far. Top notch marketing across all products.
The food was great and gave us a good idea of Belgian cruisine. We spent almost 3 hours having lunch and it was well worth it.
The gift shop was nice but unfortunately were sold out on a number of things.
If you are in Bruges, you must stop here.
05-15-2013 01:33:25 |
More by hotsudge
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to the De Halve Maan brewery several times and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bruges.
Although the tour is very basic in terms of the brewing process, the tour guides are absolutely phenomenal. You get to walk around several areas of the brewery, ending with a free taster.
Be careful, the stairways on this tour can be treacherous for younger/older patrons. I would not recommend the tour for those with young children.
05-18-2013 17:08:27 |
More by geedub11
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Found notes I kept from a trip in November 2007. A good walk from the train station (I was actually staying in Brussels, and made a day trip to Bruges while I was there). Nice walk down cobblestone streets. I remember the streets being very narrow and peoples front door opening onto those narrow streets.
They run several brewery tours during the day. Most are in english. The brewery has an amazing history that goes back, I think to Maes. One of the highlights was going to the top of the brewing building and getting an amazing view of the city.
After the tour, you get two samplings of beer. At the time, they had the Bruges Zot and the Bruin. Both were very good.
I did not eat while I was there, but the dining room was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The tour and beer samplings were not expensive and you could get additional servings for about 5 euros.
Worth the trip.
05-29-2011 03:22:09 |
More by JamnesCameron
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bruges is an amazing beer city, and there are several great places to visit; De Halve Maan is certainly one of them. The main reason for visiting this place is the tour. Make sure to do the tour in English, and if possible get the guide named Matilda. She is hilarious and let there be no doubt: she loves beer!
The Brugse Zot beer is a great way to end the tour and the beer soup can be recommended! When you pay to do the tour - I think it was 5 , which could've been a student discount - you get one beer included.
03-31-2009 11:15:52 |
More by einar85
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife, father and law and his wife all went to this place on our last day in Brugge (our only full day that is). Review from notes and my memory which will not likely fade for this place. We went on June 10th, 2009.
Atmosphere: Great with hundreds of (apparently) empty bottles of beer with an emphasis on Belgian and Europeans but I did spot a few American beer bottles (Rolling Rock was one), a long wooden bar and seating with tables for about 150. The setting could not be better, within the brewery for Brugse Zot and (currently) two other beers. Very nice old style copper taps.
Quality: Great in that all beer was served in the appropriate glassware, the same glass being provided for Brugse Zot and Brugse Zot Brune and a seperate glass provided for the tripel, Staffe Hendrik. Very nice place mats and covered silverware were also provided with the "De Halve Maan" logo on them.
Service: Very good with a willing bartender, kind waitress.
Selection: I was aware of only the three beers available but frankly I did not even seek out any other beers. Selection was as good as it needs to be.
Food: Just fine. People in my party had a beer cheese soup (A bit thin by our standards) and possibly a salad (but my memory is not great for the food there....I was focused on the beer!)
Value: My only recollection is that the value was just fine.
06-30-2009 17:59:31 |
More by adamette
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A must see place in Bruges, especially for beer lovers. It is the only remaining brewery in the city and it serves fabulous beer. Hop vines line the courtyard and create a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying a beer, and its in Bruges, the most beautiful city in Northern Europe, perhaps even the world. The tour is fantastic and includes a trip to the top of the brewery which has a magnificent view of the city. The beers are great. They have the Blonde and the Brune on tap. They are both great (That goes without saying in Belgium), though I prefer the Brune. They are both unfiltered at the brewery which gives them a little more mouth feel.
10-09-2010 14:51:31 |
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