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Discover Belgium’s Beer World with a Young Local in Ghent

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Discover Belgium’s Beer World with a Young Local in Ghent

Ghent is one of the most important beer cities in the world and it’s only natural that visitors, especially those who enjoy an evening pint, should explore the city in search of its many beer-related attractions. From beer-tastings and pub crawls to world-renowned beer-houses and breweries, there’s something for everyone here. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable beer-filled evening, join a young local guide for an intimate adventure through the city’s breweries and pubs. This guide will help you make the most out of your exciting beer experience in Ghent.

History of Beer Culture in Ghent

For centuries, Ghent has been known as one of Europe’s top beer cities. Located in the southeast of Belgium near the Dutch border, Ghent is an important hub of beer production and culture. It was home to some of the most renowned Belgian beers and breweries, such as Brouwerij Jan de Lichte and Brouwerij Roman.

In the 17th century, the city was home to more beerhouses than any other city in Europe. This trend continued into the 19th century, when the city’s famous Brouwerij Jan de Lichte became the largest and most popular beer producer in Belgium. Today, Ghent is still known for its rich history of beer and brewing, and is home to some of the best breweries and bars in the country.

Ghent’s Breweries & Bars

When it comes to beer in Ghent, there is no shortage of places to visit. From small beer-houses to world-renowned breweries and pubs, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Breweries & Bars

The most popular destinations include traditional pubs like Brouwerij Jan de Lichte, Brouwerij Roman, De Halve Maan, Pils van Gent, and De Garre. These pubs offer a wide range of beers and ales, as well as traditional Belgian snacks such as frites (fries) and boulets (meatballs).

Breweries & Pubs

Ghent is also home to many smaller breweries and pubs where locals congregate to experience some of the city’s best beers. Some of the best places to visit include Bokrijk Brouwerij, Ploeg Repic Brouwerij, Hof Ter Beke Brouwerij, De Struise Brouwerij and many more. Enjoy a range of ales and India Pale Ales, or stick with a classic Belgian wheat beer like Wittekerke.

Beer Tours & Tastings

If you’re looking for a more intimate experience on your trip to Ghent, consider signing up for a guided beer tour or tasting. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, these tours take you through the city’s best breweries, pubs and bars to get an up-close look at the brewing process and taste some of the city’s favorite beers.

If you’re up for a challenge, join a 25-hour small group beer tasting tour with GetYourGuide, which takes you on a trip through some of Ghent’s best pubs and beer houses and explores the history of beer culture in the city. Sample local beers while learning about Belgian history and culture from your local guide. To find out more information about this unique tour, simply follow this link.

Food & Drink Specials

When exploring Ghent’s many bars and breweries, be sure to take advantage of its food and drink specials. From happy hours to weekly food specials (Schnitzel Wednesday anyone?), there’s something for everyone at any budget. You can grab burgers or fries from local pubs or food trucks, or try some of Ghent’s traditional dish of waterzooi stew with chicken and vegetables in a cream sauce. Enjoy food specials with a side of history while exploring the city’s numerous breweries.

Shopping & Souvenirs

At a beer bar or brewery in Ghent, be sure to stock up on souvenirs to take home with you. Look out for bottles of local beer or speciality glassware like tulip glasses or ceramic mugs featuring traditional Belgian designs. If you’re looking for snacks or speciality food items like candy, cookies or chocolates you’ll find plenty of shops at Ghent’s historic centre filled with tasty treats.

Whether you’re looking for a daytrip or an evening excursion, Ghent is brimming with attractions for even the most passionate beer connoisseur. From pub crawls to brewery tours and traditional Belgian snacks, join a young local guide for an intimate adventure through the city’s best bars and breweries and explore Belgium’s unique beer culture like never before.

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