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The Best Brussels Beer & Chocolate Tour with The Brussels Journey Part II

Did you read part one all about the chocolates first? If you didn’t you should, you don’t want to miss out on all the amazing chocolates!

The Best Beer & Chocolate Tour with The Brussels Journey // The Krystal Diaries

Welcome to part two! After filling us up with chocolates, it was off to start trying beers.  Now I am not a true beer fan, I’m more of a wine lover. I don’t know much about beers other than what I think tastes good and what doesn’t. However, I knew I had to try all the beers offered on the tour and this part of the tour was something I knew my brother would really enjoy. Also, don’t be fooled, it may be a beer tasting tour but each beer we tried, our glasses were filled. No little sips here and there on this tour.

If you really aren’t a fan of beer, the guides absolutely understand and will give you glasses of wine instead. My mother drank wine the first couple of times before finally trying the beers and realizing she liked them and was a fan of the Lambics.

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

The first stop was Benelux a fancier modern bar but with laid-back vibes. Here we got to sit down for a little bit which was great after all the walking we did during the chocolate half of the tour. We tasted a few more chocolates that were saved for us to try while we sipped on our first couple of beers.

I had my favorite beer of the night at Benelux, the Dark Sister IPA from The Brussels Project Brewery. I normally don’t like IPAs at all, and it was described having a half IPA and half dark stout type flavor. I tend to like dark oatmeal stout beers so that may be why this one was my fave. I highly suggest trying it! I don’t think it’s sold here in the States but if someone knows of a place that sells this one please let me know!

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

Next up was the Toone Royal Theatre a bar that has lots of history and has been in the same family for generations. This place is tucked away down an alley and is known for their puppet shows.

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

Here were got to try a couple more full glasses of beers and have a few snacks. I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I started eating! The meats and cheeses were delicious!

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

Last stop was Au Bon Vieux Temps. This is another old bar with lots of history tucked away into an alley. We learned some more history here and few little fun facts about the bar that I won’t give away!

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

If you go here, ask about the paint color. Here we were able to relax, make ourselves comfy and talk the night away with everyone drinking beers while the Virgin Mary looked over us. The decor was quirky and eclectic but it worked well with the old world vibes.

Trying all the different beers – Lambics, IPAs, Doubles, Triples, and Trappists was a wonderful experience. Learning about the history of the bars, the Belgian monks who started making beers. When water was scarce or contaminated people turned to beer to stay hydrated! Who knew beer had so much history?

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

The Brussels Journey tour was without a doubt my favorite part about traveling to Brussels. It was a great way to try local Belgian chocolates, beer and learn a bit about Brussel’s history in such a fun setting. Our tour guides were wonderful and so much fun to hang out with! Nothing beats good treats and drinks while hanging out with some awesome people. If you’re traveling to Brussels I absolutely recommend The Brussels Journey’s Beer and Chocolate tour.

The Brussels Journey Beer & Chocolate Tour // The Krystal Diaries

My best advice:

Be adventurous – try the things you think you won’t like. You may be surprised. Even if you don’t like it you can say you tried.

Be in the moment – I know we all like to share Insta Stories, Snaps, Tweets in the moment but don’t. There is so much to see, hear, and experience you might miss something if you’re too busy on your phone. Snap the pictures but post them later.  

Make friends – even if you’ll never see them again. The tour was a great way to meet people from all over.

Wear comfy shoes – walking all over on cobblestone streets is not the time to wear heels or wedges, especially after the beer drinking.

Ask for suggestions – the tour guides have so many suggestions for great places to eat! 

Check out part one here – a chocolate lover’s dream!

I was able to go on this tour free of charge however, the opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Brussels Journey. 

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  • Reply Keating Bartlett

    This looks delicious and so much fun!! Brussels is high on my list of places I want to visit someday. I’ll definitely add this to my list of things to do when I eventually make it there lol

    October 23, 2017 at 1:37 PM
  • Reply Lorna

    And here I am, still covering from part one! This sounds like a truly fun experience I’ll have to research for next time. I’m not big on tours but this might have changed my mind!

    October 23, 2017 at 2:36 PM
  • Reply Joline

    I would love to go on this tour! Looks like a lot of fun. And yes on wearing comfy shoes. Leave those stilettos at home 🙂

    October 23, 2017 at 3:31 PM
  • Reply Cassie Liz

    I only got to visit Bruges, not Brussels, but I definitely had my fair share of beer and chocolates while there haha! You are giving me wanderlust!

    October 23, 2017 at 7:28 PM
  • Reply Linda Music

    Looks like you well and truly tasted all the beers in Brussels. Sounds like you had a great time.

    October 23, 2017 at 9:17 PM
  • Reply Melanie

    Thanks for sharing! I will be going to Brusells soon and I was planning to do a tour!

    October 23, 2017 at 10:17 PM
  • Reply supermillennial

    Wow this looks amazing! I want to go — seems like an awesome trip and great food!

    October 23, 2017 at 11:10 PM
  • Reply Lois Alter Mark

    I would love to visit Brussels! I’m not a beer drinker but I’m definitely a chocolate eater. It looks like you had a fantastic trip!

    October 24, 2017 at 2:28 AM
  • Reply thenafranssen

    This sounds yummy and looks like so much fun! I would eat and drink my way through Brussels, not a problem!

    October 24, 2017 at 7:24 AM
  • Reply Lost & Abroad

    This tour sounds like so much fun! I’d love to visit Brussels soon 🙂

    October 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  • Reply Candy Rachelle

    It looks like you are having a blast. It seems that you really enjoy tasting all the beers in Brussels. I will definitely share this to my loving husband.

    October 24, 2017 at 1:03 PM
  • Reply Helen

    This all looks amazing! Totally on my bucket list.

    October 24, 2017 at 5:11 PM
  • Reply dawnwairimu

    everything about this looks amazing. i can’t wait to visit.

    October 24, 2017 at 5:20 PM
  • Reply Alix Maza

    Omg this looks so yummy and so fun!

    October 24, 2017 at 9:13 PM
  • Reply Cynthia Salgado

    I’m all for the chocolate but I don’t drink anything, but my sister and her boyfriend are huge fans of beers, they go to beer tastings all the time! Brussels look awesome, and I agree, don’t ruin your trip by documenting everything, live in the moment!

    October 25, 2017 at 3:20 AM
  • Reply Mayuri Saxena

    This looks like a perfect combination to me! Brussels is on my bucket list.I am going to add this to my list of things to experience there. 😉

    October 25, 2017 at 3:29 AM
  • Reply Debbie Savage

    I really love the idea of tours! It would be wonderful to take a trip with my husband to Brussels and visit the places you showcased!

    October 25, 2017 at 1:35 PM
  • Reply asseenonjean88

    This sounds like an amazing tour! Like you I’m not the biggest beer fan, but I would definitely give them a go on this tour. Chocolates as well?! I’m totally there!

    October 25, 2017 at 3:55 PM
  • Reply loveyoumoretoo

    AHh!! This is on my bucket list of places to visit. I would love the chocolate and my husband would love the beer. haha

    October 25, 2017 at 8:48 PM
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