Brouwerij Het Anker

Brouwerij Het AnkerBrouwerij Het Anker
Brouwerij Het AnkerBrouwerij Het Anker
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Guido Gezellelaan 49
Mechelen, 2800

+32 (0)15 20 38 80 | map

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by dirtylou:
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of MagicNic
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great setting in old Mechelen. Took a tour of the brewery with a very knowledgeable and funny trilingual guide. The tour included a visit of the old coolship on the roof with a very nice view of the city and a tasting of three different beers at the end. Excellent products, authentic belgian brewery.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WadeB
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of SCW
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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 -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +6.2%
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 -0.9%
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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Brouwerij Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 7146 ratings