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Luxembourg's craft beer movement is quietly making waves, attracting both connoisseurs and curious travelers to its eclectic range of locally brewed ales, lagers, and more. In this article, we will explore locally brewed culture together.

Last time updated
18.06.24

Luxembourg may be small, but it's got a big love for brewing. From traditional lagers to contemporary craft creations, Luxembourg's beer scene is dynamic, historic, and full of flavor.

In this article, we will explore the history of brewing in this land and discover the popular brands, breweries, and beer festivals that make it a must-visit destination for craft beer enthusiasts.

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A brief history of brewing in Luxembourg

The brewing legacy of Luxembourg is a story that echoes through the ages, tracing its roots back to the enchanting era of the Gallo-Roman occupation. As neighboring regions reveal archaeological treasures, the art of brewing comes alive. The first whispers of a monastic brewery graced the County of Luxembourg around 1300, finding a home within the venerable Munster Abbey in Clausen.

Today this abbey is a cultural center, if you want to discover more places like this and explore the cultural offer of Luxembourg, we suggest you take a look at our article on museums and cultural centers.

In the beginning, brewing was subject to seasonal changes. Spring and fall made high-fermentation yeast possible. Yet, the cold winter made fermentation stop, and the scorching summer made the beer rot too quickly. In the 15th century, Luxembourg embraced innovation with deep underground brewing cellars where Lager-style beers matured gracefully, their flavors deepening over the span of three months.

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As the winds of change swept through in 1795, Luxembourg felt the impact of revolutionary fervor. The secularization of Church assets ignited a transformation, as monastic breweries exchanged robes for industrial pursuits.

By 1865, there were 34 breweries collectively producing a resplendent 58,000 hectoliters. A surge in demand, coupled with international exports, fueled this surge in production, painting a global portrait of Luxembourg's brewing prowess.

With demand and competition intensifying, breweries felt the need to enhance their capabilities and modernize brewing techniques. However, these required investments led to a process of industry consolidation. The number of breweries dropped to 18 by 1883, yet production soared to as high as 90,000 hectoliters by 1887. By 1900, a mere 12 breweries remained at their collective capacity standing at 174,000 hectoliters annually.

Modern brewing production in Luxembourg and craft beer

Brewing methods evolved in tandem with history's tide. Across the decades, production surged and waned, weathering the storm of global conflicts. Some breweries succumbed to the challenges, fading into the annals of history. Stability graced the early 1980s, as production settled around 700,000 hectoliters.

The 1990s brought a shift, with only 5 Luxembourgish breweries standing strong. Time played its hand, orchestrating mergers and transformations. From these changes over time emerged a triumvirate:

  • Brasserie Nationale,
  • Brasserie de Luxembourg,
  • Brasserie Simon.

As the sun sets on bygone eras, a new chapter unfolds. Microbreweries, bold and audacious, burst onto the scene. IPAs dance with hops, darker ales tease the palate, and organic, vegan, and low-carb brews offer contemporary twists. In the upcoming section, we embark on an exhilarating exploration of these modern-day artisans and the diverse elixirs they craft.

Popular craft beer brands in Luxembourg and the Grand Region

Luxembourg's burgeoning craft beer scene is a tapestry woven with passion, innovation, and a deep appreciation for quality brews. From microbreweries rooted in rich traditions to avant-garde creators pushing the boundaries of taste, the Grand Region offers a diverse array of craft beer brands.

Ourdaller by Simon Brewery
Average prices
Open dailyClosed at 22:00
In 2001, a visionary alliance of local farmers embarked on a journey to spotlight their region's bountiful cereal production through the creation of a microbrewery. Five years down the road, the torch was seamlessly passed to Brasserie Simon, headquartered in Wiltz.
Craft beer in Luxembourg
Source: brasseriesimon.lu
83 Hauptstrooss, 9753 Hengescht Klierf, Luxembourg
+352 26 90 82 36
MON — SUN
11:00 – 22:00

Located inside Hotel Cornelyshaff

Standing out in the crowd, Ourdaller beers claim the distinction of being the sole high-fermentation brews in the country, exuding an unwavering artisanal and local essence.

What sets them further apart is their commitment to sourcing cereals exclusively from the lush fields of the Our Nature Park. Yet another captivating facet is the deliberate choice not to filter their beer range, allowing the alchemy of fermentation to unfold within each bottle.

Lëtzebéier by Beierhaascht Brewery
Average prices
Closed on Mondays and SundaysClosed at 00:00
When you're a butcher, opening a restaurant might seem like the logical step. But why stop there? The next natural leap is into the realm of crafting your very own beer. And naturally, completing the trifecta involves the establishment of a hotel, just in case indulging in fine dining and brews becomes a tad excessive.
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Source: Beierhaascht website
240, Avenue de Luxembourg, L-4940 Bascharage
+352 26 50 85 50
TUE — THU
08:30 – 00:00
FRI — SAT
08:30 – 01:00

Technically, it is a hotel with a brewery inside

Enter the captivating story of Beierhaascht, a multifaceted haven owned by the Meyer family. Here, a restaurant seamlessly coexists with a microbrewery and a hotel, all under their discerning watch.

In their pursuit of brewing excellence, the Meyers enlisted the expertise of Guy Majerus, a seasoned brewmaster, to orchestrate the creation of a diverse beer portfolio. This ensemble includes a luscious blonde, a rich brown, an inviting amber, a crisp witbier, and a robust stout. Crafted in seasonal small batches, these beers grace the palate in perfect harmony with the restaurant's culinary delights.

Find out about an array of Luxembourg restaurants welcoming gourmands in the country in our special featured Food and restaurants section.

Den Heischter Brewery
Average prices
Open on workdaysClosed at 18:00
Born in 2008 from the dreams of four zealous enthusiasts, this brewery began its journey with a modest 250-liter brewing system. However, their ambition has propelled them to remarkable heights. By 2019, the brewery had outgrown its initial setup, relocating to a more expansive production facility capable of churning out 15 hectoliters of liquid artistry.
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Source: Visit Luxebmourg website
4 Am Clemensbongert, 9158 Heiderscheid Esch-sur-Sûre
+352 26 88 98 65

The brewery's eponymous creation, the Den Heischter beer, is a gem of unfiltered blonde delight. Boasting a primitively rich wort content of 12.2% and an alcohol content of 5.2%, this beer encapsulates the craftsmanship and dedication of its creators.

From the vibrant green hop beer to the intriguing Kroopemann’s beer and the evocative medieval beer, Den Heischter's repertoire paints a canvas of diversity that invites beer enthusiasts to study it.

Craft beers by Stuff Brauerei Brewery
Average prices
Works onlineClosed at 00:00
A name that needs no introduction in Luxembourg's beer scene, Stuff Brauerei stands as a testament to the vision of Joseph Hallack-Wolff and Antoine Biasino. This dynamic microbrewery has carved its niche not only in the finest local bars and restaurants but also within the heart of beer-centric cultural events.
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Collage by Luxtoday. Source: Stuff Brauerei website
6, rue des Pommiers, L-7344 Steinsel, Luxembourg
+352 621 377 523

Conceived in 2015, their brainchild was to create an independent local brewery that could stand apart from the giants. One of their best creations, The Sauvageonne, epitomizes their commitment to uniqueness. Crafted predominantly with ground ivy, a captivating plant that releases scents of mint and thyme when crushed, this beer embodies a botanical tapestry.

Fox Premium Pils by Fox Drinks
Average prices
Works onlineClosed at 00:00
The inception of Fox Beer by Catherine Hoffmann and Pierre Beck stemmed from their vibrant and sociable lifestyle, coupled with a vision for quality libations that wouldn't compromise on unnecessary calories, carbs, or sugars.
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Source: Fox Drinks website
82 Rue de l'Égalité, 1456 Bouneweg-Süd Luxembourg
+352 671 030 992

In 2016, driven by this ethos, they established Fox Drinks Brewery, embarking on nearly two years of relentless research and development to birth a beer that harmoniously marries taste and health consciousness.

What unites their diverse lineup is a shared trait every Fox Beer boasts a mere 30 calories per 100ml, a remarkable feat achieved by trimming down carbohydrates by a staggering 90% compared to standard beers.

Brasserie Um Tennis
Average prices
Closed on Mondays and TuesdaysClosed at 00:00
Brasserie Um Tennis is renowned for its extensive selection of beers, including many craft options that pleasantly surprise even the most discerning connoisseurs. Visitors can enjoy a variety of flavors and aromas, finding something to their liking among the numerous offerings. Despite the limited first-hand information, reviews on aggregator sites like TripAdvisor speak for themselves and are quite positive.
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Source: Brasserie Um Tennis
2 Rue des Romains, L-2443 Senningerberg
+352 27 99 50 80

Opening hours vary quite a lot from day to day, so it is better to reserve a table by phone. The brewery is usually open until midnight and a little later

Additionally, visitors highlight not only the high quality of the beer but also the excellent cuisine. Delicious snacks and dishes served at the brewery perfectly complement the drinks, creating an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The combination of remarkable beer and superb cuisine makes Brasserie Um Tennis an ideal place for those who want to spend time in a pleasant atmosphere, enjoying great food and drinks.

Crossfire
Average prices
Closed dailyClosed at 00:00
Crossfire is a pub where the Nordics and people from around the world come together to enjoy great pub food and drinks. The pub can host events and comfortably seat 35-40 guests, with the option to invite more friends if standing.
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Source: Crossfire website
15, rue Dicks, L-1417 Luxembourg
+352 49 84 31
MON — TUE
17:00 – 00:00
WED — THU
12:00 – 00:00
FRI — SAT
12:00 – 01:00

On Sundays the bar works from 12:00 till 23:00.

Visitors are welcome to drop by during opening hours to see which beers are featured on the guest taps while watching sports on the screens. For those who aren't beer drinkers, Crossfire offers a variety of other beverages to enjoy.

The Store
Average prices
Closed on Mondays, Sundays and TuesdaysClosed at 00:00
The shop boasts over 100 different labels, including IPA, APA, Sour, Stout, and Red Ale. There’s also a taproom with at least five beers on tap, allowing customers to enjoy fresh beer on the spot or fill a growler to take home. Besides craft beers, the shop offers a selection of whiskeys, gins, and special wines that stand out from typical supermarket offerings.
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The Store. Source: VDL
11 Av. de la Liberté, 1931 Gare Luxembourg
+352 621 375 366
WED — SAT
15:00 – 22:00

This place is perfect for socializing with friends while exploring the beer culture of countries like the UK, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, England, France, and Luxembourg, featuring local craft breweries such as Totenhopfen. To complement the drinks, they serve free potato chips and offer a cheese and ham board for purchase.

The shop’s minimalistic and small space means reservations are recommended. It’s easily accessible with a tram station right in front, making it convenient to drink responsibly. For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, there’s a variety of non-alcoholic beers available. One standout recommendation is the Daily Nectar by Totenhopfen, known for its easy drinkability and unique character.

Liquid Bar
Average prices
Closed on MondaysClosed at 01:00
At the heart of Luxembourg's social scene, the Liquid Bar stands as a beacon for both craft beer connoisseurs and music aficionados alike. Aptly embracing the slogan "Real Music & Great Beer," this establishment paints an immersive canvas where the harmonies of live music seamlessly blend with the artistry of craft beer.
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Source: Liquid Bar Facebook Page
15 Rue Münster, Grund
+352 25 88 47 47
TUE — FRI
17:00 – 01:00
SAT — SUN
13:00 – 01:00

Which beers are worth trying in Luxembourg

If you're a fan of craft beer, check out products from the following breweries. If the price list does not specify the manufacturer, you can always ask the barman for details.

Twisted Cat brewery

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Source: Twisted Cat website

In 2016, Twisted Cat originated in Tom and Alison's basement through extensive trial and error. Despite facing numerous setbacks, their beer testing sessions with friends and family yielded positive results, leading to the official launch of their IPA, "The Duke," in Luxembourg city center on June 22, 2018, which garnered widespread acclaim. Recognizing the potential of their product, Tom and Alison began forming a dedicated team of beer enthusiasts and advocates.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted Twisted Cat's original business strategy in early 2020, initially geared towards large-scale brewing for local hospitality venues. However, with the world grinding to a halt in March, they found themselves with an excess of hoppy Original Pale Ale. In a swift decision, they opted to can their beer and enter the retail market amidst the pandemic chaos.

But why the name "Twisted Cat"? It traces back to Tom and Alison's feline companion, Nonie, who frequented their basement brewing sessions. Intrigued by the process, Nonie indulged in the beer-in-progress, inspiring the playful moniker. The name reflects the essence of cats, embodying both their mischievousness and mysterious nature, while also symbolizing the intricate brewing process, akin to a cat's nine lives.

As global circumstances improved, Twisted Cat's opportunities for expansion and acclaim grew. Presently, they boast a robust team, widespread presence within and beyond the Grand Duchy, and notable achievements including international recognition and the inauguration of their long-awaited brewery and gastropub in Dudelange.

Totenhopfen 

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Source: Totenhopfen official website

Transitioning from home to commercial brewing in 2017, Totenhopfen is poised to revolutionize Luxembourg's burgeoning brewing scene. With a remarkable array of awards, Totenhopfen has established a significant presence across various European countries, including Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Lithuania.

Aiming to open its own Brewpub, Totenhopfen currently collaborates with different breweries throughout Europe, fostering connections across the continent. At Totenhopfen, we believe that craft beer enhances the quality of life. It’s about enjoyment, meeting new people, sharing experiences, socializing, and embracing constant challenges and surprises.

Totenhopfen's beers are celebrated not only for their innovative and well-balanced flavors but also for their visually captivating labels.

Craft beer festival in Luxembourg

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Source: Kirchbéier Craft Beer Festival Facebook Page

Craft beer festivals of Luxembourg are where the magic of brewing collides with the thrill of celebration, creating an irresistible atmosphere that's sure to leave you craving for more. Among the stars of this annual lineup, the Luxembourg Craft Beer Festival in Kirchberg celebrates the nation's rich brewing heritage.

This festival transforms the heart of Kirchberg into a beer lover's paradise. The picturesque Central Park comes alive with a two-day spectacle, welcoming beer enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

What awaits is a remarkable showcase of over 50 craft breweries hailing not only from the Grand Region but also from beyond, painting a tapestry of flavors that transcend borders. But the Luxembourg Craft Beer Festival offers more than just liquid delights.

An enticing food stall village entices with gastronomic treasures, an artisan quarter beckons with its creative offerings, and live DJ sets infuse the air with rhythm and energy. An alluring lineup of brewers, including names like Amager, Bevog, Christiania Bryghus, and more, promises an unforgettable journey through craft beer culture.

A dedicated kid-friendly zone ensures that families can share the fun of the event.

Make sure to mark this dynamic event on your calendar for next year, so you're primed and ready to raise a glass in the heart of Luxembourg's beer festival.

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We took photos from these sources: Jon Parry for Unsplash, brasseriesimon.lu Beierhaascht website Visit Luxebmourg website Satori Facebook Page Stuff Brauerei website Fox Drinks website Visitebrasserienationale website Den Heischter website Liquid Bar Facebook Page Kirchbéier Craft Beer Festival Facebook Page

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