Just outside of Tilburg in the Netherlands is Koningsheoven Abbey and the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands. The Brouwerij de Koningshoeven, founded in 1884, provides a large assortment of beers through their La Trappe brand. The monastery also makes cheese, bread and chocolate with the beer.
The monastery has a gift shop and restaurant open to the public. The food at the restaurant is delicious. The club sandwiches are giant and require the fork and knife to eat successfully, but everyone was happy with their meals (and beer). We didn’t make it to the gift shop while they were open, but you can buy other Trappist products there, such as cheese, breads, soaps, jams and mustards along with La Trappe glasses and gift sets.
Tours of the brewery are offered twice daily on the weekends for €12/adult (includes one drink). Children under 12 can go on the tour for €2,50, while ages 12-16 cost €6 (includes one non-alcoholic drink). The guide uses Dutch and English throughout the tour and was very entertaining. It is best to book your tours in advance through email to ensure your spot, but if they aren’t too busy, you can be added to a tour just before it starts.
This is definitely a good place to visit with the beer lovers in your group, but the food and tour alone are worth the trek.
De Koningshoeven Brewery