|W on cask for this past year's brew|
My guide Annie picked me up for the Boon Brewery tour at Cafe de Kring. She is a professional local tour guide who has really done her research. Like Oud Beersel, I ended up being the only person on the tour in August. I didn't pay anything, so the tour must be covered by Boon. Because it looked like rain when we returned and she declined a beer at the time, I tipped Annie the equivalent, which seemed appreciated.
Annie was bursting with Boon knowledge, occasionally consulting her notes on details. The information on the casks was a highlight, including the lettering system—a letter per year since the brewery opened. Also, each big cask costs 20,000 Euro, but a portion were donated as war reparations from Germany. Entertaining me with stories for two hours, the tour was full of local color.
|Tour guide Annie by the bottling line|
|Coolship--where the magic happens!|
|New production facility being built|
As a famous large production brewery, I went to Lembeek without starry eyed expectations because I didn't want to be disappointed. However, Boon is one of my most worthwhile and easy expeditions from Brussels. Only available to individuals not on a group tour on Wednesday afternoons in July and August, take an early train to partake of Cafe de Kring offerings and then enjoy the tour.