Proeflokaal De Prael
The Red Light District may attract crowds for all of its infamy, but beer lovers should make a pilgrimage to the neighborhood, too. There, they’ll find this brewpub, which offers relaxing lounges and almost a dozen year-round beers brewed onsite using traditional brewing methods and home-grown hops. Beyond the fresh, homegrown beer, patrons will enjoy knowing that their patronage supports a business that provides jobs and a second chance to former psychiatric patients. As co-founder Fer Kok explains, “I worked in a psychiatry for years and also brewed my own beer for years. These two passions have come together here.”
Brewery tours with tastings are offered daily; however, those hoping to take a tour in English should call ahead for reservations. Once at Proeflokaal de Prael, patrons will discover that the brewpub’s offerings are quite diverse. The year-long beer menu includes German-style session blondes, Hefeweizens, Belgian tripels, Quadrupels, Scotch ales, barleywines, English-style pale ales, IPAs, and imperial IPAs..
The brewpub is open until midnight Monday to Wednesday, until 1:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.