Café D’Hellekapelle (Brouwerij De Bie)

Bar, Eatery

Vuileseulestraat 6
Watou, 8978
Belgium

+32(0)57 38 86 66 | map

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3.92
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

OK, so are you sat down? Just to clear things up.
This is the location of the original Brouwerij De Bie, which is still in a small Outhouse just across the yard from the Café d’Hellekapelle on the outskirts of Watou. Due to high demand, production moved to the "other" Cafe D'Hellekapelle at Loker, but the Café in Watou remains. This does cause some confusion!

We stayed in Poperinge at Easter 2000 on our annual trip; our first Brewery Visit was here. It took some finding & some expert driving from our Driver to manoeuvre the 50-Seater Bus all the way down the “very” tight country lanes & keep us out of the ditches. It is located on the outskirts of Watou. It was worth it though. A very smart, tidy looking, West Flanders small-holding. We had a quick tour around the very small original Brewery, which is in an outhouse to the left of the yard entrance. The owner explained that soon, sometime in 2001, the Brewery would move to a new larger Brewery in Loker. After the quick tour it was down to business. On the right of the yard entrance, is a 2-storey building that houses the Café d’Hellekapelle, resplendent with its very strikingly colourful "Witch & Graveyard" pub sign.
The full range of Brouwerij De Bie bottled beers were on sale that day (but no draft), & we “did” the whole range, from the Hellakapelle Blond (my fave), the Kriekdebie (different but good), Helleketelbier Amber (great), Kerstbie (Xmas 1999-Yummy!!), Plokkersbier (above average) & the unique "Burnt Tire" tasting Zatte Bie (skid-marks!!!).
As the renditions of the Monty Python song “Eric-the-half–a-Bee” calmed down, we all ordered the staple menu offering of Spaghetti. Cheese & Cold Meat Snacks & warm Pizza are also available. Timely service & very good value for money. The bar is quite small (!) & our party of 30 had sort of eased out the locals a bit (but did we feel guilty?!). Inside it is a very traditional brick building, cramped with creaking wooden tables, chairs, timbers & small cramped wooden staircases; it reminded me of being on an old English Galleon a bit.

An Excellent Nice Cosy (Now Ex-) Brewery Tap – but you will only get here with your own Transport. You can buy keenly priced beer Off-Sales here also.

Rumors that the Brewery was about to move (but not the Café) are now confirmed – it moved in 2001 to Loker, but who cares?, for the Watou-based Hellekapelle Café remains open, & they still sell the whole range of Brouwerij De Bie beers here.

Jun 20, 2003
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HopBelT from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Jul 04, 2015
Café D’Hellekapelle (Brouwerij De Bie) in Watou, Belgium
Place rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2 ratings