Located in the heart of Bruges is Brouwerij De Halve Maan, home to Brugse Zot, Straffe Hendrik and Blanche de Bruges. This is the story of a brewer’s family from Bruges who always believed in authentic beer from Bruges.
An authentic brewery
We’ve brewed many different types of beer since that start of the brewery. There were blond ones, dark ones, some a bit hoppy or a bit sweet... Our primary goal was to always deliver an honest and high-quality product. All generations of the family had to adapt to the ever-changing consumer demand. We were determined to maintain our family traditions and were always seeking to modernise. It grew a strong individuality that today is the brewery’s strength.
A tradition since 1856
Since the mid-19th century, we have been brewing unique beers in our brewery located on “Het Walplein”. Brewing is an art that was passed down from generation to generation. Today, Xavier Vanneste is the sixth generation of De Halve Maan. His ambition is to continue and uphold the family traditions.
From horse-and-cart deliveries to beer transportation through a beer pipeline... The brewery always looks for innovations. Today, De Halve Maan is the last authentic family brewery in the city centre of Bruges.
Our family brewery is always looking for new innovations. Today, we brew our beers in a traditional way in the city centre of Bruges and combine it with state-of-the-art techniques in our new bottling plant just outside the city.
In 2016 we constructed a unique and world-renowned underground beer pipeline that connects historic brewery with the new bottling plant. The pipeline is an example of the innovation we are pursuing, but it doesn't stop there. We continue to invest in new techniques and in this way, we show that sustainability combined with economic growth is possible.
Our brewery has 4 strong beer brands. Very different styles, but they all share the values of our brewery. You might know our delicious Brugse Zot or our strong Straffe Hendrik.
All our beers are still being brewed in the city centre of Bruges. We use a selection of only the best ingredients.
Our beers are not only being enjoyed in Bruges... Today, we ship our beers to over 40 countries and are thus represented on almost every continent. We even have our own branches in Mexico, China and Brazil.
Growing also means expanding. That’s what we did in 2022 with our brand-new bottling plant. Our team has also been expanding quickly. Do you want to contribute to our growth story? Make sure you check out our vacancies.