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Imagine a place where you can try over 2,000 types of beer from around the world. Delirium Village is just such a place that you will find in the old town of Brussels! The unusual interior and huge amount of beer attract both tourists and locals.
Delirium is a beer brand whose umbrellas can also be found in other establishments in Brussels and beyond. This is a beer from the Huyghe brewery located in the city of Meble, founded in 1906. Among the beers produced under the Delirium brand, the most popular are Delirium Tremens (Best Beer in The World 2008), Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Red.
Delirium Village – location
Delirium Village is a complex of several facilities located in the center of Brussels. They are concentrated at Imp. de la Fidélité 4 (1000 Bruxelles, Belgium). Right next to it there is a sculpture of a girl peeing, which I will talk about in a moment. Among the establishments that are part of Delirium Village you will find Delirium Cafe, Taphouse, Hoppy Loft, Delirium Monasterium, Tequileria, Floris Bar, Floris Garden and Little Delirium Cafe.
Individual facilities vary in terms of opening hours, but if you feel like having an evening beer, you will certainly not find the doors closed. Most of them are open from noon to 2 or 3 a.m. Detailed hours can be found on the Delirium Village website.
I headed to Delirium Taphouse, where 29 types of draft beer await customers. The interior is dark and there are retro advertisements for various beers on the walls. Behind the bar, gentlemen move efficiently and pour beer for thirsty customers. You could write a golden drink, but in this case it would not be appropriate, as you will see in a moment.
The place is large, we have places with high chairs, near barrels, in the basement, but also outside. At first glance, the place looks interesting. Don’t be scared by the atmosphere – come in and try it!
My visits usually ended at the Taphouse. This is a place where, as I have already written, 29 beer taps are waiting for you. We order at the bar, and above it we have written down exactly the items that are currently on offer on the taps.
Each beer is listed by name, with its style right next to it. Another thing we can learn from the tables is the name of the brewery from which the beer comes and the percentage of alcohol in a specific beer. You can choose the size of the beer you want to buy. You choose from four sizes – 250 ml, 500 ml, 1 liter and 2 liters.
Price-wise, most of the smallest beers cost around 4-5 Euro, and half-liter beers are valued at around 8-10 Euro. In the case of two-liter beers, the price is much more noticeable because it exceeds EUR 30 for one.
The method of pouring beer is interesting, because before placing the glass, the bartenders pour a little beer from the tap and then put the glass down. After pouring, they remove excess foam with a special spatula and put the glass in water to wash away what has spilled. Only then does it reach us.
There is a large selection of beers on tap, so I decided to try local flavors. On my first visit I tried the beers – Kriek and Lambik. Kriek is a beer that you sometimes encounter in Poland. It is a beer with a strong cherry flavor. Lambic is a type of beer whose fermentation uses wild yeast (classic kirek beers are based on Lambic beers). This beer is made by exposing the beer wort outdoors so that the wild yeast contained in the air begins its fermentation.
The place also offers tasting boards of various beers currently on the bar.
Delirium Cafe, which is part of Delirium Village, has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records! To be included in this prestigious book, the place offers over 2,000 types of beer from all over the world! You can try specialties from the most distant places, but you will also find suggestions from Poland.
The entry in the book was made in 2004, and the restaurant offered 2,004 types of beer at that time! The greatest emphasis is placed on Belgian beers, but the selection is much wider!
A girl peeing
Jeanneke Pis is nothing more than a pissing girl. One of the symbols of Brussels is a pissing boy (Manekin Pis), so there must also have been a girl in the city (by the way, if you look carefully, you will also find a monument to a pissing dog – Zinneke pis).
The statue is located right next to the entrance to Delirium Taphouse and is slightly hidden behind bars, but you’ll definitely find it. It was created in 1987 and its author was Denis Adrien Debouvrie. It is said that this sculpture-fountain was created to activate and revitalize tourist traffic on this side of the Grand Place.
Delirium Village is a set of interesting places and a good location to try Belgian beer. It is a national drink that Belgians are proud of, and with good reason. Take a look, try it and judge for yourself!