De Halve Maan

In the heart of a city steeped in history like Bruges, there emerges a brewery that distills the essence of craft beer tradition. The Brewery De Halve Maan, the birthplace of iconic brands such as Brugse Zot, Straffe Hendrik, and Blanche De Bruges, is a corner where quality beer meets Belgian authenticity.

The art of craft brewing is a legacy that has endured through generations. From its humble and slightly sour beginnings in 1856 to the flourishing brewery of the 21st century, the Maes family has kept the flame of Bruges' brewing tradition alive. Under the leadership of Xavier Vanneste, the sixth generation in charge, a distinctive identity has been forged that defines our brewery.

Since its founding in 1856, the brewery has continually evolved. From beer deliveries on horseback and horse-drawn carts to the implementation of an innovative underground beer pipeline that transports beer over 3.3 kilometers, De Halve Maan has proven to be a beacon of innovation.

Today, it remains the last authentic family brewery in the historic heart of Bruges, and its legacy is reflected in its rich history.


But our history is only part of the equation. What truly sets us apart are our beers, each with its own distinctive character, crafted with passion using only the finest ingredients. From the popular Brugse Zot to the complexity of Straffe Hendrik Heritage, our beers are authentic masterpieces of craft brewing.


At Brewery De Halve Maan, tradition and innovation intertwine uniquely. Our production facility in the historic center of Bruges coexists with a modern bottling plant on the outskirts of the city. Moreover, our underground beer pipeline, a symbol of sustainable innovation, has transformed beer transportation and significantly reduced traffic in the picturesque center of Bruges.


Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond this. We have launched a crowdfunding campaign to implement ecological enhancements, such as solar panels and a water treatment plant, at our new location on the city's outskirts. This demonstrates that sustainability and economic growth can go hand in hand.

Discover our beers, each with its own story and flavor, all brewed with the same artisanal spirit that has been our tradition for generations. From the golden and complex Brugse Zot Blond to the rich and dark Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, we invite you to explore a world of unique flavors.

At Brewery De Halve Maan, a passion for craft beer combines with history, innovation, and sustainability to offer you a unique beer experience in the heart of Bruges. Come and discover what makes our beers so special. Cheers!

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