Brouwerij Het Anker

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Guido Gezellelaan 49
Mechelen, 2800

+32 (0)15 20 38 80 | map

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WadeB
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I cannot say enough about this brewery. Visiting this brewery was the highlight of our recent vacation in Belgium and Amsterdam. Our special thanks to our superb tour guide Marie Vanhellemont. Marie went well beyond our expectations in delivering a terrific visiting experience. The tour even included a few beer tastings at the end in which Marie provided her expert guidance. If you are in Belgium for five days or more, you must visit this brewery. We visited a number of other breweries during our trip but nothing could top this experience. You can combine a visit of Mechelen with a visit ti Antwerp on the same day since they are close to each other.

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Photo of byronic
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An absolutely fantastic visit. The selection of beers is limited to what is offered by Het Anker, that being said they have everything available and the store is newly renovated. The staff is fantastic both at the pub and the store. Definitely stop in for lunch, I recommend the Gouden Carolus cheese sandwich and the Flemish stew.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Stayed at the hotel. Food was decent, beer was good, bartender was really friendly. A fun place to stay and drink while traveling on business.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

We stopped through Mechelen on our way out of Brussels to tour the brewery and take a quick peak at the town. It's really an easy drive - only about 15 minutes from the airport.

The brewery, which dates back to the 15th century, emerges out of the quiet and uber-quaint streets of old Mechelen.

The tour was primarily in Dutch with abbreviated english translations afterwards upon request. Fairly standard tour, but it was cool to see their retired spontaneous fermentation equipment on the roof. They've also begun distilling their own whiskey and seeing (and smelling) the barrels was a nice touch. The tour ends with a few samples - the classic and the tripel.

There's a small store and a cafe featuring their beers as well. The Het Anker "campus" was a cool thing to see - definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Nice place for lunch or dinner. They only serve the beers which they brew (Anker Pils, Boscoullie, Gouden Carolus, Cuvée v/d Keizer, ...) so selection is limited (I hope this explains the LOW score for selection) but you can be assured that the waiter will recommend the best beer to go with your meal (or wine, if you prefer). Food is nicely prepared and served, menu is not excessive but includes some Belgian classics, starters, mains, desserts and snacks, waiters are friendly ! Parking space in the area can be little difficult to find. I will visit this place again !

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Photo of Filosoof
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As their beer this place certainly can be called classic. The brewery stands on the ground where beer is brewed for hundreds of years. On the site is a building of the sixteenth century where has been a hospital where the Begijns served their beer to their patients, when the water wasn't save to drink and beer was welcome to relieve all pains.

In 1990 the brewery could be closed. Only two people working. Nowadays highly succesful with 45 employees.

Nice hotel, very friendly people, lovely brasserie and the greatest beers. Need I say more?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is an interesting place because it has a hotel on premise and a really nice cafe. I did a tour of the place and I never know they made a single malt whisky. I did not get to try it but I know what I will be looking for. Just a heads up, lots of stairs. A really nice old tasting room across from the cafe and a newer and more modern bar and restaurant. I did not see the hotel, you can see the owners' home right on the brewery grounds. I had some nice pork and, surprise, fries. Tasty and really nice service, but I can't mad at anyone that brings me a Gouden Carolus triple.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Beautiful old cafe, actually the whole brewery is pretty impressive. Classic stuff. The brewery’s whole range is available which certainly is impressive, though on my visit the beers were served disturbingly cold. I can’t think of a single other serious beer place in Belgium which has done that. Weird.
Food was really good , orderd flemish " stoofvlees " with golden carolus classic , realy nice , with a nice salad and home made fries , my wife had a steak with mushrooms and a salad , also realy good !
The new brasserie is very nice , very well done ,looking forward to my next visit , all there beers are availeble for take away , wich is good , they also have several nice brewery tours with guide .
This is one , i've not the oldest brewery in Belgium that is stil active !

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Photo of TheFightingCock
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As an American living in Belgium, I'm quite impressed by many of the breweries/pubs I go to (Delirium being my usual haunt). I went to Het Anker on a Saturday with my brother and girlfriend to have a look around and sample some of the local brews. It's a 20minute train ride from Brussels, so not far at all.

After finding the brewery's hotel, we made our way into the restuarant which is through a rather suspicious looking door on the street which you might miss if you're not looking for it. Inside is a rather rustic looking establishment with tables and chairs. We'd arranged in advance for a tour in English (otherwise it'll be in Dutch!). The tour was given by the Mechelen town crier; an aging man with a rather wicked sense of humor. Seeing all of the brewing equipment was quite quaint and hearing about the history of the brewery and the beers was intriguing.

The best part is the free beer of your choice after the tour which is included in the price. It's pulled from the pump and I'd suggest having the Carolus Classic. It's worthwhile to sample the Triple and Ambrio while you're there as well. Also, pick up a bottle or two of the Carolus d'Or. Age it a while and it only gets better! (Ten years and it supposedly has the texture of a fine wine).

All in all, Het Anker is a good brewery to visit and definitely worth a stop if you're in Belgium.

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Photo of texashammer
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My father and I stayed at this brewery's hotel and ate at their restaurant.

The hotel was better accomodations than we expected and very warm in winter. Restaurant was very busy on a Friday night, obviously locals from the town of Mechelen -- always a good sign. However, many were drinking wine with their meals. Strange? Known for their good food. We were pleased to drink good, very fresh draft beer with food that paired well with it. The beer itself (I drank Gouden Carolus Tripel, my father drank the Classic) was not really remarkable but good quality and very fresh.

We shared an appetizer of fresh and sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzerella, salad with very good brown bread. It was larger than we expected, with good fresh ingredients -- very good. We both had dishes involving koekoek: a local variety of chicken. His was in a savory sauce involving mushrooms and bacon; mine was prepared with more wonderfully fresh vegetables, lightly cooked, like broccoli, carrot, endive, green beans, and sprouts, with a rich (cheesy?) sauce made from the Tripel. Frites were a disappointment.

Service was very professional and courteous. We felt that the food was some of the best to be had. Beer was good and fresh. Worth a trip.

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Brouwerij Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium
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