Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a beautiful city full of attractions. Some of them are the traditional beer bars—similar to pubs—found in almost every corner. Delirium Cafe is one of the most famous, notable for its large variety of Belgian and imported beers. Also noteworthy is À la Mort Subite, a brewery founded in 1928 that still retains its original decor. Locals and vacationists mingle happily in both establishments with the always-pleasant company of a good beer in their hands.
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Known as the Pink Elephant Bar, Delirium Cafe is one of the most famous beer bars in Belgium—and throughout Europe. It serves more than two thousand beers from around the world, a fact reflected in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guests can choose among the famous Trappist and Abbey Belgian beers—darker or lighter, according to their tastes and preferences—or any of the vast selection of international brews. They even offer unusual beers made from chocolate, banana or coconut. More unusual and extravagant beers. At Delirium Café, they know that choosing beer could be an intimidating decision, but the experienced staff quickly recommends multiple options and conveniently explains their characteristics. The Delirium Café is quite popular among young Belgians. Its décor features all kinds of beer memorabilia, including antique advertising plates, trays, glasses and thousands of different coasters. Thursday nights are especially exciting at Delirium Cafe for their memorable jam sessions and live concerts.
À la Mort Subite
Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7
In 1910, Theophile Vossen was the owner of an establishment called La Cour Royale, which was frequented by the employees of the National Bank of Belgium. The lively group was very fond of a dice game called 421, which always ended in “sudden death” (mort subite), in which the first opponent to win the game was proclaimed the victor. Years later, in 1928, Vossen moved to its present location, in the center of Brussels, and decided to call his new business À la Mort Subite. René and Jean-Pierre, son and grandson of Theophile Vossen, upheld the family tradition for more than 36 years. Today, Olivier and Bernard, the fourth generation of the Vossen family continue serving craft beers created by their great- grandfather in the same establishment, which still retains the original 1928 decor. À la Mort Subite brewery offers a wide selection of appetizers, including an unforgettable cheese, chives and radish sandwich. We also recommend their in-house Belgian beers made with raspberry, black currant or peach. ■
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Does Delirium Cafe have other locations?
A. Delirium Café USA is the first United States location for the highly regarded international chain of beer-focused cafés anchored in Belgium. The original café began in the basement of a row house just off the Grand Place in downtown Brussels.
Q. How many beers does Delirium Cafe offer?
A. You can taste more than 2000 beers from around the globe. Delirium Café holds the Guinness World Record for the most beers offered with 2004, obtained in 2004.