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Belgium What abbeys and brewerys are within a day trip of Brugges

Discussion in 'Europe' started by msmallsr, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. msmallsr

    msmallsr Disciple (60) Illinois May 28, 2009

    My wife and I will be staying in Brugges for 4 days in the middle of July and would like to take a day trip or two to one or more reasonably close breweries and Trappiste abbeys (particularly cafe de Vrede that serves Westvleteren 12). What other breweries or abbeys are within a day trip of Brugges? Thanks.
  2. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (515) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    People tend to grossly over-estimate the size of Belgium. Basically, everything is a day-trip away from Bruges :p
  3. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    Belgium is the size of Maryland. I live in Pennsylvania, you could fit four Belgium's in my state. And it helps that Brugge is in the upper part where most of the fun is.
  4. beerpirates

    beerpirates Advocate (605) Belgium May 4, 2010 Verified

    It depends on what you want , the french part is more forest and hills and is a big difference with the flemish part , also has a few nice beers spots

    The flemish part is more flat and has the coastline , again a big difference with the french part

    Both have hitorical places , flemish part more medival and historical parts from the first worldwar ,
    french part more from the second worldwar

    Both have trappist abbeys

    The most famous beers and bars are in Brussels , Antwerp , west vlaanderen and the rest of the flemish part of Belgium
  5. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    A work visa?

    I know that it will hard to give up my five bathroom condo, but I'll try and make do.
    Bierman9 and beerpirates like this.
  6. St. Sixtus is indeed an easy ride. De Struise is close to St. Sixtus but the school is only open on Saturday (of course you can just visit the Struise shop in the Burg square in Brugge if you want takeaways). St. Bernardus is nearby St. Sixtus but you'd need to e-mail them about tour availability since I don't think it's a set schedule.

    You could also do De Dolle in the small town of Esen but I believe the only English tour is on Sunday. Rodenbach isn't too far away. And, really, even a place like Van Honsebrouck (aka Kasteel) is probably only 45 minutes even though its down near the city of Kortrijk.

    In sum, you'll have options. Just depends on what days you're visiting and what tastes you like.
  7. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poobah (1,070) New Hampshire Dec 20, 2001 Verified

    In the same vein, are there any Trappist breweries (or others) that are readily accesible via train (or perhaps with a bike thrown in)? I travel solo and imbibe my share, so driving is right out... I will likely be based in Maastricht, in october, fwiw....

  8. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Site Editor (1,000) Massachusetts Sep 11, 2002 Staff Member Verified

    Brouwerij De Ranke is an easy day-trip from Brugge (I did it as a day-trip from Antwerp). Not much to see, but if you are a big fan of De Ranke, as I am, it is worth the effort. You will need to contact the brewery in advance to see if a visit is possible on the days in question.