Hidden Belgium: Brasserie Surréaliste

Hidden Belgium: Brasserie Surréaliste

Two local brothers have created a microbrewery in a vast 1930s industrial building in the Dansaert district of Brussels that was originally a banana warehouse.

They brew the beers down in the basement and serve them in a flamboyant ground-floor brasserie decorated with old church furniture, chandeliers and salvaged garden tables.

It’s a gorgeous spot to try out some outstanding house beers such as the Helles Lager or Amarillo Pale Ale. But bear in mind that everything is slightly surreal, even the toilets. ‘They’re behind the horse,’ you are told.

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.

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