'Het Bierkasteel' - My home is my beer castle
Author: Erik Verdonck / Published: 2016-09-20 08:09:47 +0200 / Last Updated: almost 2 years ago
IZEGEM - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is proud to present ‘Het Bierkasteel’ (the Beer Castle); a brand new multi-purpose space designed and built for events, relaxation, brewery visit and beer experiences.
At the Bierkasteel you can see the craft of brewing in action in a modern high-tech environment.
And Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck is far more than a brewery, it also boasts a visitor centre, a brasserie, a beer shop, and is a welcoming and unique fully catered conference and event location.
The Bierkasteel truely has something for everyone, from individual visitors who enjoy a taste of the good life to families, groups, businesses, clubs and associations looking for trips, meeting and conference rooms or event hosting.
Het Bierkasteel is located in Izegem near Kortrijk, easily accessible by car and with 250 parking spaces.
A tour of the Bierkasteel starts in the central courtyard with its splendid views of the brewing hall.
Experienced guides will explain this unbelievably impressive state-of-the-art brewhall and bottling plant and how it produces some of Belgium’s most well known speciality beers.
Barrels of Fun
Along the way you’ll discover why top-fermented beers (of the Kasteel type) and spontaneous fermentation beers (St-Louis) have their own, completely separate, production circuits, and why spontaneously fermented lambic-based beers must spend time in an open koelschip, or cooling basin.
After a tour of the bottling plant, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the barrel hall, where Kasteel Tripel sits maturing in barrels previously used for cognac.
Here, it slowly morphs into Trignac, one of Van Honsebrouck’s degustation beers. The Foeder Hall, next to the brewery, displays an array of large oak foeders, where the Bacchus beers are given all the time they need to mature.
Alongside these cherished traditions, your visit will be illuminated by multimedia screens that give an overview of the brewing process.
Tours are available at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday and bespoke tours for groups of 25 or more can be arranged on request.
You should book in advance if you would like to tour the brewery. A visit takes one-and-a-half hours and includes a tasting, during which you will sample two beers (15cl each) and receive a 75cl bottle as a gift to take home with you.
Sharpen Your Senses
Stay on for lunch or dinner and discover the quality of the beers and food on offer in the stunning restaurant and how well they go together.
What about a home-made ice cream made with Barista Chocolate Quad, Kasteel Rouge or Saint-Louis Framboise?
You’ll see the chefs bustling around in the open kitchen.
They use an exclusive Mibrasa charcoal grill, cooking with real fire to preserve natural aromas and authentic flavours.
This is typical of the mixture of innovation and tradition and authenticity at Het Bierkasteel, where you can sit in front of the open fire in the lobby, feeling like you are in a real historic castle.
You could share food with friends on the spacious outdoor patio with views of the foeder chambers, the Throne Hall and the brewing hall. Or you can always just pop in for a beer, on your own or with friends or family.
The brasserie is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm.
There is much more on offer: textiles, memorabilia, gift packs of beers and glasses plus many other beer related items and gadgets.
The bierboetiek is spacious, airy and well laid-out so it’s easy to find what you want, while taking in views of the barrels through the store’s glass wall. The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm, and from 1:30pm to 6pm.
Where is The Party?
The spacious outdoor patio, a modern interpretation of the classic castle garden, is the perfect venue for a reception or buffet, on the same level as the Boardroom.
With its custom design and private bar, the Boardroom is designed to host 16 but it can seat as many as 60 guests. This meeting venue offers state-of-the-art multimedia technology as well as customised in-house catering.
The first floor is home to two more splendid venues for large meetings and conferences: the impressive Throne Hall and the Barrel Hall.
These too are equipped with up-to-date technology, including three metre-wide screens, Bose sound equipment and a central control panel to manage all of the multimedia elements.
Are you looking for an exceptional location to host your party? Het Bierkasteel can provide three large multi-purpose party rooms in the unique location of a working brewery. From the patio you have breath-taking views of the brewhall and the Foeder Hall through a giant expanse of glass. So, what’s stopping you from joining the party?
Visit Het Bierkasteel
Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck
B-8870 Emelgem (Izegem)
Recent Blog Posts
ANTWERP - Brewers from 59 different countries flocked to attend the Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, right next to the renowned Antwerp Central Station building. ... [ read more ]
ERTVELDE - To track down a brewer within his own domain is a high-ranking form of sports, or that’s the impression I get. After a bit of practice I spot Jef Versele, CEO of the Van Steenberge brewery, ... [ read more ]
MECHELEN - The historic city of Mechelen, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, is truly a hidden gem. The presence of the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled here in the late middle ages, still permeates th ... [ read more ]
BRUSSELS/ZAVENTEM - This year Brussels Airport is 60 years young! The airport is planning to mark this milestone by showcasing the very best of Belgian produce, which would not be complete without ... [ read more ]
At the BeerLovers’ Café just behind Liège’s City Hall we get together to taste the limited edition Chimay Grande Réserve Fermentée en Barriques 2018, a Trappist beer aged in whisky barrels. ... [ read more ]
You must be logged in to leave a comment
IZEGEM/INGELMUNSTER - Summer 2015: the first test brews are flowing out of the tanks at Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck’s new brewery in Izegem. There have been no rash or rushed decisions from these brewers.... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER - The inhabitants of West Flanders are known as entrepreneurs. The region around Kortrijk is considered to be the ‘Texas of Belgium’. Exaggerated? Read the story of Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck and you wil... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER/IZEGEM There isn’t much that remains hidden from the all-seeing eye of the webcam. The computer screen shows us a team of labourers busy installing the glass wall of a new brewing hall.... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER - The image on the label stays with you. A little rascal, wearing his cap nonchalantly the wrong way around, is preparing to attack. One eye shut to improve his already impeccable aim, ... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER - On the 10th of March, Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck will be officially presenting this years' Trignac XII at the "Prik & Tik" fair in Belgium. Reason enough then for us to visit Xavier Van Honsebrouck and... [ more ]
St Louis Kriek Fond Tradition is a pure, traditional, kriekenbier. This fruit beer made by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck with krieken cherries (sour Morello-type cherries) is trul... [ more ]
Beer Tourism Newsletter Signup
Enter your name and email address on the right and click "SignUp" to join.