Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 638
Beer Avg: 3.78
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
I have been to the Brouwerij Kerkom on 2 separate occasions; first time was with a small group in 1996 when they only made 1 beer. After a change of ownership in 1999 & an expanded beer range, we visited again on the 15th April 2001 with a much larger group during our Easter Trip. This is an archetypal rural Belgium Brewery, if ever there was one. Set in a gorgeous old farmhouse of the classic variety, in the province of Limburg, an unspoilt quiet area full of large swathes of agricultural land.
On its own near quiet crossroads, a cobbled courtyard is surrounded & totally encompassed on all four sides by a large House & two storey farm buildings, with the only access being via a brick arch.
Strictly speaking not really a Brewpub, but with the recent addition of a Brewery Tap & the fact that you have a very good chance of seeing the Brewery if here, it classes itself as one at times. The Brewery, original Sampling Café and the Brewery Tap all have the same address.
The original Brewery started in 1878, closed in 1968, then re-opened in 1988 with more modern equipment, changed ownership in 1999, and now has an accomplished, but still hard-to-find beer range.
There are two places to drink the beer here.
During our first visit in 1996, we were ushered into a fantastic old brown style Sampling Café in the main House building. It looked like it had altered little over the last 70, or so, years. Old tiled floors a stunning deep carved dark wood bar with equally splendid over-the-top fittings. Original decorations & light fittings as well as some antique pictures of the family & previous brewery adorned the walls. More like a museum than a Bar. This is the best place to drink the beer if possible. Only seats a few people though.
During our 2001 visit, we were shown the newly created Brewery Tap, which is in old unused parts of the farmyard buildings cleverly & sympathetically refurbished into a fair sized drinking area. This is more often used, because outside the Brewery Tap is a grassed area where there are Table & Chairs.
The three regular beers go under the name Bink, and were all from the bottle, draft beer was planned but not available during our visit. In addition, 2 other seasonal beers may be available depending on stock & the time of year. All are extremely good. No food, but they will sell you a wooden platter with diced cubes of their own home-made cheese, which is excellent.
Limited opening times that were being slowly relaxed - check the Website. Remote, but rewarding.
01-07-2003 19:23:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Brouwerij Kerkom in Kerkom-Sint Truiden, Belgium
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