They still brew beer in the traditional manner in the ’t Pakhuis microbrewery in Antwerp’s Zuid district.
Microbrewery 't Pakhuis only uses natural ingredients, without filtration or pasteurisation. The brewery produces several unique beers thanks to the dedicated brewing process and the workmanship of the brewers.
Pop in to sample some beers or enjoy a nice meal with a small or large group. The menu features regional dishes, often using the brewery’s own beer as an ingredient. The suggestions are also often paired with the brewery’s beers. ’t Pakhuis offers a wide array of options for groups, from buffets to culinary menus with several courses.
Every day the brewery organises a tour in Dutch, French, English or German. This includes a sampling of the brewery’s beers. The tour lasts about 45 minutes.
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“There are so many beers today that the knowledge of the barkeeper has become very important.” On the sunny terrace of beer café ’t Waagstuk on the Stadswaag we meet beer connoisseur Hans Bombeke. Please don’t call him a zythologist or beer sommelier; he finds those fancy titles inappropriate. “For that you have to complete the corresponding studies” he says while smoking his pipe.
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Antwerp and beer: that’s literally a golden combination. With different events related to the amber nectar, we are not exaggerating when we speak of a ‘beer year’. For example, there was the 16th edition of the Beer Passion Weekend, the ever enjoyable Bollekesfeesten, the Modest Beer Festival that welcomed about 5000 visitors, the first edition of Brouwplus (which is entirely aimed at hobby brewers) and the opening of the De Koninck Experience Centre. But that is not all. Culinary blogger Coolinary reported from an international beer competition: the Brussels Beer Challenge.