Brouwerij De Halve Maan
Since 1856, six generations have steered this brewery with one single goal in mind: offer superior beer both in quality and in taste while respecting the traditional brewery art.
Situated in the middle of the very busy tourist center of Brugge (Bruges), between the Beguinage and the Cathedral, this brewery is also a restaurant. You could call it a brew pub with international exposure and centuries of tradition. Indeed, the first time Brewery was mentioned on paper was in 1546, a time when Brugge housed over 30 breweries.
The document states the split of the premises of Brewery De Maan (Moon), and thus the brewery acquired the name Half Moon. In the 16th century Brugge had lost most of its dominance in the Low Lands, and the religious wars, brought on by the Spanish army, were chasing half of the Flemish population to the North. No wonder, then, that the brewery had to downsize.
The actual family of today’s brewers bought the brewery in 1856. Xavier Vanneste is the sixth generation at the helm of the brewery. In 2005, Xavier Vanneste revived the brewery-activities after a thorough renovation and modernisation of the brewery-installation. He launched a new beer under the name "Brugse Zot" for which a unique recipe had been developed. Today Brugse Zot is the one and only beer really brewed in Bruges' towncenter!
Right from the start, "Brugse Zot" has been a great success, both in and far beyond the city of Bruges. The famous award-winning beer has already forced the family to expand the brewing activities...
By the end of 2008, "Straffe Hendrik" a beer once developed and brewed by the Maes' familiy returned to Bruges and is now being brewed, once again, at the brewery "De Halve Maan" according to the original recipe.