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Rue Gheude 56

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When it comes down to it, a trip to Brussels isn't complete unless you've sampled the beer. Cantillon has been brewing traditional Belgian beers, including lambic, gueuze, faro and kriek, since 1900. During your tour, you may learn about brewing, bottling or even how barrels are cleaned, and if you plan ahead, you can even attend a public brewing session to see the action first-hand.

Recent visitors said they enjoyed exploring the brewery and learning how the beer is made. Others enjoyed sampling the unique taste of lambic beer. Reviewers recommended signing up for a guided tour to make the most of your visit.

Located about 1 ½ miles from the Grand-Place, the Cantillon Brewery welcomes visitors every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours (which include a beer tasting) cost 9.50 euros (about $10.50) per person, but you must book online in advance. Self-guided tours, which also include tastings, are available for 7 euros (about $7.50) per adult with discounts for youths and seniors. For more information, check out the brewery's website.

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