Trip to Belgium/France, which breweries should I visit?

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    Hello all,

    I'm planning a road trip from London to Alsace with a few stops around Bruges, Luxembourg and Lille. We'll spend most of our trip drinking wine in Alsace, which my parter loves, but I would like to visit a few breweries as well on my way to Alsace. Do you have something to suggest?
     
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    The Halve Maan brewery tour in Bruges is good. You won't learn much but you do get to see a traditional Belgian brewery and get one of their delicious beers for about 7 euros or so.
     
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    I haven't been, but a trip to Brasserie Thiriez would probably be worth the visit if it's not too much of a detour, just a little south of Dunkirk.
     
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    Also in Bruges, the brewery of Bourgogne des Flandres, Kartuizerinnenstraat 6, 8000 Brugge.

    Your trip would then probably be in the order of Bruges, Lille, Luxembourg, Alsace?

    If you take the trip as I did in Google Maps, I see that you could visit Brasserie Caracole.

    St.-Bernardus seems a bit off your route.
     
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    +1 for the Halve Maan brewery in Bruges. I went there in April, nice bit of history but you don’t see much current brewing. The beer at the end of the tour was amazing.
     
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    If you happen to get to Brussels, then Cantillon is a must. Brussels Beer Project also very cool. De La Senne also excellent.
     
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    Another for the halve maan
     
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    I've not been, but there'de-brouwerij
    n Essen if you are near it on a Sunday afternoon. If you are able to jump through all the relevant hoops of registering and pre-booking, it would be great to pick up a case of beer from Westvleteren on my way through.

    +1 De Halve Maan.

    De Ranke would be high on my list.

    http://www.deranke.be/en/de-brouwerij

    Edit: And Sint Bernardus in Watou and the surrounding hop fields of Poperinge.

    Can I come with you?
     
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    I agree with the others, Halve Maan is a decent tour with a nice view of the city from the rooftop, and the best part for me was the glass of Brugse Zot in the bar overlooking the canal at the end.

    Also if you don't make it as far as Brussels to visit Cantillon as Brew_DD2 suggests then make sure to visit Cafe Rose Red in Bruges. Not a brewery but a beautiful pub with Cantillon beers on draught.
     
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    I adore De Ranke. XX Bitter is incredible.
     
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    Count me in too, we'll make it a forum outing acheers.
     
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    Ohh, that's easy.
    All. Of. Them. acheers.:beer1:
     
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    And another for De Halve Maan, went last December (again).

    Worth eating in there too, their beef stew slow-cooked in Straffe Hendrick Quadrupel (11%) is the best stew I've tasted anywhere.
     

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