De Halve Maan is the only remaining family brewery situated in the centre of historic Bruges. Belgian for ‘the half-moon’, De Halve Maan is committed to producing craft beers of the highest quality, from the refreshing Brugse Zot to the complex Straffe Hendrick Quadruple.
In 2005, Xavier Vanneste restarted an old family brewery and launched the brewery’s first beer, the award-winning Brugse Zot. And in 2008, Straffe Hendrik (a beer once developed and brewed by Vanneste’s ancestors) was added to the De Halve Maan portfolio. De Halve Maan uses a continuing process of re-fermentation in the bottle, which means beers like Straffe Hendrik can be stored for years with an ever-changing, ever-improving taste.
The beers brewed by De Halve Maan Brouwerij have won many prestigious awards in their short life to date. Following its launch in 2006, the pale version of the Brugse Zot won the Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in Seattle and again in 2008. The brewery continues to improve and perfect the art of creating beautiful craft beer.