Just a few miles from Orval Abbey in Ardennes, Belgium, the Stenay Beer Museum tour is organised into six different stages designed to inform visitors about all aspects of the brewing industry.

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Stage 1: The history of the building and how the Museum was founded

The town of Stenay, the Museum and its premises have a long and vibrant history, brought to life through various archaeological remains and machinery from the old malt house.

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Stage 2: Illustration of materials required in beer making

In this space, visitors can touch, breathe and smell everything needed to make beer: water, barley malt, other grains, spices and hops.

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Stage 3: How brewing techniques have changed from their origins to the present day

Developments in brewing techniques have been marked by a series of technical revolutions. Learn about Gallic barley beer, medieval abbey beers, 19th century industrial revolutions and the technical sophistication of 20th century brewing labs.

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Stage 4: Promoting brewers through commercial art

A high point of the museum visit is the space given over to advertising and posters, which reveals just how original brewers were when it came to promoting their products.

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Stage 5: Pubs and bars over time: beer and how we drink it

This space recreates a series of pubs, 60s clubs and “Belle Epoque” cafes, to demonstrate how our drinking habits and attitudes have changed over the years.

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Stage 6: Beer transportation and its technical developments

From animal power to the motor engine revolution, beer transportation – far from being boring – is brought to life outside the Museum with a large display of transport and vehicles.

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The Garden

Designed to incorporate every plant you could possibly need to make beer, the Museum’s botanical garden is the perfect place to learn something or enjoy a wander – and perhaps a daydream or two!