One of the prides of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is its centuries-old brewing tradition. Established in Wiltz, the SIMON brewery is one of the few to have remained the property of a Luxembourg family. In addition, the nearby Haute-Sûre Nature Park is home to the spelt fields used to produce the tasty DINKEL (spelt beer). So there was more than one good reason to turn the nostalgic stables of Wiltz Castle into a beer museum, the first of its kind in Luxembourg.
The exhibits not only give an insight into the 6,000-year history of beer production, but also document the fascinating evolution of the art of brewing in Luxembourg. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of water, hops and malt in a whole new light.
Brew your own beer
Would you like to do the work of a master brewer yourself? A seminar will teach you the art of brewing in just one day. The Wiltz Beer Museum has a miniature brewery - just like the original, with a copper filter tank.
This micro-brewery not only gives an insight into the various production cycles - from the crushing of the grains, through brewing and fermentation, to the storage - but can also produce up to 50 litres of beer. Of course, after a waiting period of about one month, you can enjoy the beverage you have produced yourself.
Enjoy a beer? Where does the name GAMBRINUS come from?
Was he a legendary beer king, the secular patron saint of brewers and beer drinkers? Historians refer to John I (Jan Primus), Duke of Brabant and Marquis of Antwerp, son of Henry III, who lived in the 13th century.
In 1288, after the battle of WOERINGEN, during the feast given to his vassals, John of Brabant is said to have climbed onto a pile of beer barrels, with a tankard in his hand, to make himself heard. The enthusiastic assembly then shouted "Jan Primus! Jan Primus! "Hence "GAMBRINUS". Another explanation suggests the Latin origin GANEA BIRRINUS, which means the one who drinks beer in a pub.
Some also point out that John the Fearless, son of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy at the beginning of the 15th century, was the founder of the hop order. In any case, these legends have given rise to rich and varied representations. The museum is proud to have a collection of about fifty representations.