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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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Beer Ratings: 1,000
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 26 97
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
This historic brewery is a must stop while walking the city. I reccomend going early to buy your brewery tour tickets as the tour is limited to 30 people. Also if you plan on doing the tour be prepared for lots of steps (approx 150) and wear sneakers. The tour is commonplace knowledge wise, but a must to see the very old facilities there they used to brew and cellar their beer. Your tour guide will try to explain that it is still a working brewery.. but in reality they contract brew the tripel and the brune. The tour includes one beer after the tour in the "bar area". The bar is well appointed and has a huge fireplace. Beer bottles from all over Belgium and hops decorate the place. The only beers offered are their tripel and brune but at good prices (2-3 euro). Service is well just so so... you will have to seek out another round for yourself. The location is great.. the tour ends on the roof that gives you a great view of the city.. but it is more beer history that beer bar. The menu looked ok.. but we did not eat.
04-08-2004 03:30:59 |
More by frank4sail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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: 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 | 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
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by the Half Moon at about 11:30 AM. I wasn't really interested in the tour, but I had enjoyed several Zots while in Brugge, so I was hoping to pick up a few t-shirts, large bottles, and maybe a few other goodies they had for sale. Well, after 10 minutes of watching the staff drink coffee, ignore me, drink more coffee, put on and then remove a necktie, and then acknowledge and wait on the people that came in after me, I left empty-handed. Sad. The place was barely half full. I can't imagine the service during a full on rush. Love the Zot though, especially when drinking it elsewhere!
11-24-2008 22:52:54 |
More by i13tony
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
We meant to visit this place on our first day in Brugge, but didn't make it here until the last day. The brewery is only open from 11a-4pm, so you really have to plan to make this part of your itinerary. With that said, we arrived just before the last tour of the day was heading out and opted to enjoy a couple of beers outside in the courtyard instead of doing the tour. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the thought of relaxing with a couple of unfiltered Zots was much more inviting than shuffling around the brewery with a bunch of tourists listening to someone explain what wort is in Dutch. Yes, this is the only place you can get the beers unfiltered. I ordered a double, which I didn't see on tap anywhere else around town, and it was very good. The courtyard was a bit crowded, and there were huge bins of spent grain from the day's brewing sitting near the stairs. As we settled in, a forlkift arrived pushing people left and right to retrieve the bins. It seemed like an odd time to do this, with everyone sitting outside, but it was highly entertaining to watch. A nice place, worth going for the unfiltered beers.
10-07-2008 19:33:34 |
More by LauraAndrew
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Came here to go on the brewery tour. Guidebooks state that tours are only 2X per day in the off season. Let me be the first to tell you that this is not true, as tours were hourly. Tour was one of the best that I have been on. I have been on about 10 different tours, and this was in the top three. You actually go through the entire (small) brewery, including next to storage for barley and hops. Great exhibit of different Belgian glassware, and of worldwide brewers promotional materials. Rooftop view is excellent, and saves you from walking 200+ more steps up the town tower.
Atmosphere of the bar itself was a little generic. It could have been any bar in America. Didn't feel like I was in Brugge, compared to the other buildings there. Restaurant seemed a little too 'clean', as in the tables seemed brand new, not a lot of pictures, etc. Part of a bar's atmosphere is knowing that others have enjoyed it for many years.
They did seem to serve food, but not one person in the bar was eating when I was there. Maybe they get more of a night crowd?
Final verdict, for 5 Euro, the brewery tour is a good buy. It includes one free beer (2.50 Euro value), and while some other Belgians are better, it is still a pretty good Belgian beer
03-20-2007 23:57:09 |
More by iubball
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $
We visited in September 2009. We tried to have lunch before the tour, but failed--we sat down on the outdoor patio, looked at menu, picked out food, and waited. We tried valiantly to make eye contact with the waitress, to no avail. After 15-20 minutes we went inside, my husband really wanted a beer but I needed food desperately. I asked at the bar if I should order food at the bar or at a table, and was told to sit down and a waitress would be along. My husband ordered his beer, and I went across the street to get a sandwich. We then took the tour, which was pleasant but not particularly informative (well, if you knew nothing about brewing beer, you'd probably learn something). We got to go up on the roof for some great views of the city, which was cool. The tour comes with a complimentary glass of Brugse Zot, which is an enjoyable beer but not outstanding. I would not go here just for the beer or food, but if you are looking to kill some time and want to take a tour then it's fine.
10-11-2009 20:48:27 |
More by skberke
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