Cantillon Lambic Brewery
In a rare part of Brussels where time seems to stand still lies a family-run brewery in operation since 1900. Pajottenland, an area of expansive meadows and farmland in the west corner of the capital, is home to the Cantillon Lambic Brewery. This middle word should ring a bell for any lover of Belgian beers since the Gueuze and Kriek varieties of Lambic, with their dry, tart taste, are widely known to be a national specialty. The particular flavor is mostly due to the use of bacteria from the local river Senne, making it almost impossible to replicate and establishing it as a beer often only found within Belgian borders.
Luck has it then that the Lambic – a beer so quintessentially Belgian it inspired Willy Vandersteen to name a comic strip character after it – is among the specialties of an exceptionally welcoming brewery. The Roy-Cantillon family is always happy to share their traditional techniques, which haven’t changed since the place was founded in 1900. Individual visitors are encouraged to ask questions to the master brewer, who will talk your ear off with fun facts about his beloved beers.
Cantillon Lambic Brewery, Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 521 49 28