Bruges was once an important brewing town. All but one of the breweries have closed down, but the town still has some distinctive bars hidden down narrow alleys. They are run by dedicated owners who take trouble to track down some of the best beers in the country.
Located in a narrow cobbled street that almost no one goes down, Café Rose Red is a friendly, hidden place. “We’re open when we’re not closed,” it says on the blackboard outside.
Right, that’s clear. The interior is decorated with old signs advertising vanished Belgian beers and red roses hanging from the ceiling. They stock about 180 different beers here including Sint Bernardus Abt 12 and Saison Dupont on tap.
Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.