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“A real authentic Belgian brewery”

Brouwerij Het Anker
Ranked #6 of 40 things to do in Mechelen
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Owner description: With roots going back to 1471, Het Anker is one of Belgium’s oldest breweries, a harmonious blend of old and new in an authentic, historic building. At the same time, visitors can discover the maturing stocks of Gouden Carolus Single Malt, Belgium’s only brewery whiskey. You can visit the brewery as a group or on one of the guided tours: a) Groups of minimum 10 and maximum 25 people upon reservation. b) Guided tours, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am; up to 4 persons you do not need to book in advance. Price: €7,20 per person, which includes the guided tour and a tasting of2 Gouden Carolus beers.
Erpe-Mere, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A real authentic Belgian brewery”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

The origin of the beer is explained and how the beer is made. The site is still used the make the base of the beer. The bottles are filled in an other location that they will show in a film.
At the end of the tour you get to taste two off their products ( and they don't stop handing them out till everyone has enough)
Many stairs so not possible for disabled people or people with reduced mobility.
There is an hotel connected to the brewery. If you want to taste all of their products it's recommendable to stay and don't drive cause their products are heavy. The restaurant connected to them is good but if you take the menu you get another 3 types of beer with the meal.

Visited January 2014
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Schaerbeek, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Book and enjoy!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

It is recommended to book the tour as the number of visitors is limited and I am glad I did. The guide made our 1h30 visit really pleasant. The tour includes two 15cl beers. The brewery is producing one of the best beers in the world (many awards). You can go there to visit, drink, eat, buy or sleep!

Visited November 2013
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“Who needs a tour?”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

It was not possible to fit in our visit to Mechelen with the weekly brewery tour so we had to settle for a visit to the brasserie instead. It's a tough life!
As well as the full range of award winning brews (Worlds best Triple beer in 2012 etc) we also sampled the seasonal beer and had a small taste of the excellent food on offer. We had only intended to have lunch but after tasting the food andseeing some of the dishes they served up we had to book for the evening aswell. Next time we hope to make the tour but if not we will certainly go back to the bar!

Visited March 2013
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