Huisbrouwerij 't Pakhuis

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Vlaamsekaai 76
Antwerpen, 2000

+32 (0)32 38 12 40 | map

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ministoat from England

2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

This place was a very long walk from our hotel near the central station, although it was not too far from the old town area, and if you choose the right street you basically take a straight line from here to the Grote Markt.

The environment was sterile and dark, seeming to be more geared towards food than beer. We both drank an Antwerp Bruin, which was actually a pretty decent beer, though it does get tiring as you drink it.

We didn't go on a brewery tour, so this might be worth visiting if you're into that kind of thing, or are looking to try their own brew.

Also on the same street is the Karveel, a new bar by John Martins group, which looked strange and didn't seem to warrant a visit!

May 29, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Well worth the effort of getting down too. We used the underground and bus system to get here, the tram to get back to the station area, to far to walk on a really crisp, windy, cold Sunday afternoon in March.

Modern with that old feel you get when the designers leave the original walls up but change almost everything else. This old warehouse houses a modern brewery, kettles at the front, fermenting vessels to the rear, all clearly visible from where ever you sit. I thought the place was classy and my wife enjoyed it too. Upstairs wasn't open, but I popped up to see, looked just as impressive as ground level did.

We were the first customers and I had all four of their beers over the course of our stay, my wife two, each was served beautifully and promptly. The blonde was the pick of the bunch in my eyes, the winter brew coming second. They sold huge bottles to take out, they looked great, but were a bit expensive.

The place slowly began to fill with diners and we left to continue or tour of the city using the difficult to work out transport system.

Mar 24, 2010
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thierrynantes from France

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Pakhuis (the warehouse) is a brewpub in Antwerp opened in 1996. As its name indicates, this is an old warehouse in an old port area converted into bars and restaurants.
With its brick interior, its concrete pillars, open bar and brewing room clearly visible.
Pakhuis offers many dishes prepared with the following beers :
+ Antwerps blond : soft and fragrant.
+ Antwerps bruin : the dark version, malty, toasted
+ And a golden ale, well hopped called 'Nen Bangelijke', a very good Belgian strong ale (9,5%).

Nov 16, 2008
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

A walk out of Antwerp Centre to the Schelde Quay, and hey presto; you will eventually reach the Huisbrouwerij ‘t Pakhuis. It opened in 1996, it is well known, principally for two reasons.

First off, you can’t miss it. Why? Well because it is bloody huge, for this is a converted Warehouse, bare brick walls and plenty of wood, ropes, brass, copper, yet more wood and all the usual “it’s a brewpub” paraphernalia. Looks great and very convincing, it certainly knows how to market itself that’s for sure. Can accommodate large parties easily and lots of them.

Secondly, of course, it brews it own beers. The on-site Brewery is intentionally highly visible, and the lovely looking old coppers set amidst clean ceramic tiled floors give the place a real brewery feel. It is however, one of those modern breweries that is meant to look old – a sort of “retro” brewery installation. 3 beers are brewed on a permanent basis, plus the odd seasonal or special beer if you are lucky. They brew two session brews, the imaginatively named Antwerps Blond @ 5.1%ABV and Antwerps Bruin @ 5.5%. Last but by no means least they do a strong beer, more adventurously called Nen Bangelijke @ 9.5% which is a filtered Tripel. The beers are alright, nothing special, but the Tripel is quite good, if a little sickly sweet at times.

Unfortunately this BrewPub suffers from the “foody” syndrome. It’s almost as though no-one cares that this is a Brewpub because most people come here to eat, knowing that they will get a seat in the huge Warehouse environment; especially in they are in a large group. Food is very good, there is an extensive menu, and food is served quite late.

To be honest, most of my beer drinking friends have been here once, a handful perhaps twice. But no-one I know has been here three times. Don’t get me wrong it is worth a visit to try all of the beers at least once. Twice if you were drunk on your first visit and can’t remember how the beers tasted. A nice BrewPub, the 3 Beers are not all that bad either, but the great selection of BeerBars in Antwerp itself, makes the walk out here look about as inviting as a trip to Iraq. It’s just that I find it so hard to drag myself away from the Kulminator, the Oud Arsenal, the Waagstuk, the Paters’ Vaetje, the Berenbak, the Highlander…..

Jan 08, 2003
Huisbrouwerij 't Pakhuis in Antwerpen, Belgium
Brewery rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 8 ratings