For sale at Cantillon

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  1. MHG_BGR

    MHG_BGR Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2019 Italy

    Hi guys, any news on the bottles to go?
    Still waiting on the St Lamvinus! I'll be in Brussels tomorrow, I hope to find some stuff!!
  2. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    How crowded does the brewery get on Friday during normal working hours? I haven’t been there in years and last time i was there I was one of three people. Don’t imagine that’s the case anymore
  3. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,765) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Well, they have a new, larger upstairs drinking area now, so that should keep things from getting too crowded.
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  4. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    I guess I didn’t really look into it last time I went (2014) but it’s weird seeing how many people refer to the area as being dangerous. I’ve walked there from the train station by myself and thought nothing of it. Have things changed? Or is it just people fear mongering?
  5. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey

    I've been there in Oct/November in each of the last 2 years and personally I'd say fear mongering. Granted when I've been there is probably not the busiest time of the year and when its colder people tend not to hang outside too much.

    From what I've heard the neighborhood has changed over time and someone I know from work has talked about how Brussels has been changing for the worse (from some1 who is Belgian). I think those comments have to do with generally how Europe has been changing due to immigration. Both years I've walked from around the grand place down to Cantillon and back while carrying beer and I've never felt unsafe. The area surrounding the brewery seems like it's becoming more of a Muslim Community based off the shops and food places I've walked by. This is no different then what happens everywhere with neighborhood and community dynamics changing over time.

    As someone who's traveled a lot it's just important wherever you are to use good common sense and to be aware of your surroundings and careful with your belongings whenever you're traveling anywhere, but again I've never been worried or felt unsafe when I've been there or walking around. Plus if you're walking from the train station its only like a 5 minute walk. I'm hoping to get back later this year with my brother.
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  6. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Thanks for the response. I’ll be with my brother and GF and we are going to go to cantillon earlyish around open on a Thursday and then head to the grand place as they have never been to the city to spend the day/ night. I’m sure it will be no issue, just weird to imagine it would so much different
  7. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey

    Yea again I think its people overblowing things, but I guess to each their own. Some people aren't great travelers and get uncomfortable easily. I'd highly recommend a trip to 3F if you've never been too, its a quick 12 min train ride from Midi and a 5 min or so walk from the Lot train stop . If you're only there for 1 day though it would be hard to swing both if you're also trying to wander around the city.

    Cantillon has a way cheaper onsite bottle list but 3F has a ridiculous bottle list and also has to go bottles too. It's worth looking into if you have time and haven't been to 3F. Goodluck with the trip! I stayed in Bruges as well and ended up taking the train back one day to chill at Cantillon again too soif you;re heading out there you could also hit either again.
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  8. MrBeer82

    MrBeer82 Aspirant (235) Feb 21, 2018 Netherlands

    I visit Cantillon once in a while, alone or with friends. Everytime we take the train or car we say to each other “here we go to the caliphate” or when checking beers in “drinking beer in the caliphate” just as a joke. Same as we call Northern part of Paris “Raqqa at the Seine”. But Cantillon is couple of streets away from Molenbeek and that is a part of Brussels that has a very negative reputation.

    I never feel scared but friend of mine from
    NYC got robbed at the train station in December. Bags of Cantillon beers stolen (also from his friends). No police around btw. They don’t care about these ‘small’ crimes anymore and don’t put any effort in it (like also in The Netherands nowadays). Of course, could happen at most train stations in big cities but the change of getting robbed at Midi is bit higher.
  9. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Was the guy by himself? I’ll be getting into midi at 9am and leaving about 9am.

    I hope this doesn’t sound douchey but my brother and I are both 6’5 250+, I hope that gets us a pass lol
  10. MrBeer82

    MrBeer82 Aspirant (235) Feb 21, 2018 Netherlands

    I believe with 3 people in total. Two guys went into the Carrefour at the station. One guy was standing in front of the store with the bags (to prevent to go with the bags into the supermarket) and that moment a group came, one distracted the guy and others of the group took the bags.

    Almost same size as me. So I advise just keep the bag with you when entering the supermarket. Because running with our size is not the most convenient option :wink:
  11. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Good tips, I’ll literally only have a back pack, which will be on my back. I’m going to stop worrying
  12. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,152) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    My friends got an air-bnb around the corner from Cantillon and I was like The neighborhood doesn't bother me during the day but I wouldn't be walking around there at night. Nord station looked pretty sketchy at night too.
  13. BeerGlassesCollector

    BeerGlassesCollector Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2002 Cyprus

    If this stresses you so much... Why not take an Uber from the brewery’s door to your hotel or wherever you want to go....
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  14. BelgianChris

    BelgianChris Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2019 Belgium

    Guys there's no need to stress about going to Cantillon.
    Yes, it's a rough neighbourhood but as long as you don't flash a wallet full of money on the streets and mind your own business it's perfectly save.
  15. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Lol true. I’m personally not worried at all, just surprised to hear it as it hasn’t been that long, also if it’s rough I don’t want the lady to worry, but not only does that sound safer but also probably quicker and more convenient.
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  16. KjellH

    KjellH Initiate (137) Jan 22, 2017 Norway

    To go today - 22 March 3 pm-ish - at Cantillon:
    Gueuze .375, .750, Magnum
    Kriek .375
    Rose de Gambrinus .375, .750
    Gtand Cru Bruocsella .750
    Vigneronne .750 (still 3 pp)
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  17. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    The moderation was notified of off-topic material in this thread. Namely the discussion above about how the Brewery Cantillon’s neighborhood has become « dangerous » over the years. I’ll thank the member who reported it but for now have decided to let it visible to all. Thanks also to everyone who’s been there recently and reassured the poster concerns. Please back to topic now.
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  18. naxopulpo

    naxopulpo Initiate (184) Dec 9, 2015 Spain

    Somebody around Brussels this weekend 3/30-31? Going with my GF and looking for people to share costs and try as more as is possible in 3F, Cantillon and Grote Dorst. PM me
  19. laussteph

    laussteph Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2017 Belgium

    yesterday still 3 vigs pp
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  20. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Is there anywhere to see on premises options?
  21. Spoda1983

    Spoda1983 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Here sometimes or on Cantillon Enthusiasts FB page are good places
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  22. desint

    desint Pooh-Bah (2,804) May 10, 2010 Belgium
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    For sale today:

    Gueuze 37,5cl / 75cl / Magnum
    Kriek 37,5cl
    RdG 37,5cl / 75cl
    GCB 75cl
    Vigneronne 75cl
  23. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Maven (1,448) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    A word on safety: pickpocketing and bag thievery around the train station is more of an issue than the streets immediately around Cantillon, if you’re not reeling around drunk like an easy mark. All the usual urban precautions apply. Rather than it getting “worse,” I would say the neighborhood has gotten more visitor-friendly in the last decade or so, certainly more developed. There have been many immigrants in the district since long before this fine website existed. Just to give assurance. Enjoy the visit. … Keep the bottle-availability updates coming, people.
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  24. MHG_BGR

    MHG_BGR Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2019 Italy

    All Gueuze sizes still available, RdG and Kriek both in 37 and 75, GCB still there too.
    No Vigneronne.
    Hope to find some Lamvinus soon, I haven't had the chance to buy this year batch.
  25. Jesperrr

    Jesperrr Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2016 Netherlands

  26. rongcsc

    rongcsc Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 South Carolina

    Nothing new as of 1200 today.
  27. Hayter

    Hayter Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 Georgia

    New updates?
  28. MHG_BGR

    MHG_BGR Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2019 Italy

  29. Reappropriated

    Reappropriated Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2013 California

    As of Saturday
    Gueuze 37,5cl / 75cl
    Kriek 37,5cl / 75cl
    RdG 37,5cl / 75cl
    GCB 75cl
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  30. atomeyes

    atomeyes Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Canada (ON)

    i...i can't tell if this post is real.

    first of all, why the hell would you make comments like that? i've never had an issue walking to, from or around Cantillon. i always eat at Beyrouth down the street. everyone's been nice. it would be akin to the Muslims living there seeing you and saying "there goes the fat American" or "another drunken alcoholic coming through." might want to check your words there.;

    no police at Midi? almost always are there army dudes with machine guns, people working for the train company or security. the only "unsafe" part is the tram gap between the train and metro station where you have the homeless camp. and it just smells. nothing unsafe there.

    i wouldn't be surprised if the area around the train station has more crime (hell, there are always people loitering on the corner where the IBIS hotel is and i wonder why that's a meet-up. seems a bit odd/sketch), but i've literally walked from there at 0430 H and not had an issue.

    and with that new apartment complex going up across the street for Cantillon, the demographics will shift yet again
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  31. riko

    riko Zealot (720) Jan 18, 2008 California

    Can you tell me where that is? I can't find that on the map or the googles.
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  32. atomeyes

    atomeyes Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Canada (ON)

    exit Cantillon. turn right. walk the 2 blocks or whatever until the street ends. turn right and it's about 6 stores down on the far side of the street.
    it's usually packed.
    their meat pizzas are cheap and great (the one with the egg on it. last one on the wall menu). they only speak french, so be warned.
    cheap, easy eats. and good.
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  33. alovelydrop

    alovelydrop Initiate (0) May 21, 2018 England

    +1 to this. It's actually worse than something like 'fat American' what with Raqqa being a literal war zone and all.

    Also the area is absolutely fine, anyone that thinks otherwise probably wants to take a look in the mirror rather than fearing other people unnecessarily.
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  34. atomeyes

    atomeyes Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Canada (ON)

    or, honestly, they should just stay at home instead of turning their noses down at neighbourhoods while drinking another country's regional beer that was originally intended for the locals.
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  35. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Well I got another notification from a European member regarding these off topic posts... linking you gentlemen to this post on the same page.

    Please can we stay on topic? Last I checked, Belgium, Brussels and even the neighborhood Moleenbeck aren’t war zone and using common sense and behaving in these places won’t get you killed. I understand some concerns but there is no danger to staying on topic now that our community answered to these concerns. Further posts on this will get deleted because I think this discussion has run its course now. Thanks!
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  36. Vicirus

    Vicirus Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2007 Massachusetts

    Any updates on availability? I have family that will be stopping at the brewery on Mon/Tues, primarily to grab bottles for me. They aren’t really into lambics so I’m just curious how often the Belgian IPA (BLIPA) is available? I told them they might enjoy that or the Kriek since the like sour cherries.
  37. MHG_BGR

    MHG_BGR Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2019 Italy

    I'll be in Brussels again tomorrow but don't have much time so was thinking on going to Cantillon only if there really is something interesting to buy. Any updates? Is there any seasonal?
  38. mook32911

    mook32911 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2013 Montana

    Any chance anyone will be in Brussels May 11-12 and might want to meet up at a brewery or two and share some bottles?
  39. mathieu87

    mathieu87 Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2011 Belgium

    Back on topic, maybe?

    This morning for sale: gueuze (also magnums), RdG, Kriek and GCB.

    On the premises board was impeccable as always. Had the new Lou Pepe Kriek (2016 sticker).

    St Lamvinus will likely be sold like the FF (online, in a pack). LPK to drink on the premises only.

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  40. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Zealot (709) Sep 19, 2015 New York

    Would love to hear what else was on the board
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