Basic 1.5 hl microbrewery with a counter for selling the (available) beers, displayed at the only free wall, and, by clement weather - a long shot in Flanders - 4 basic tables to consume the production on the premises. Add to that that this venue is - LITTERALY - under the busy Antwerpener circular railway, and situated in the borough of Borgerhout, better known as Borgerocco by the Sinjoren, it is hard to imagine a less welcoming venue. AND YET IT IS! It breathes neighbourhood friendliness, no-nonsense dealing and, if you're interested, the brewers will be all too happy to speak in length about their beers, goals, expectations. Seen the worldwide collaborations in microbrewing, it might surprise at first that none but their own - not always fully available - beers are to be purchased, but given the fact that Borger Bottles, a top-specialized craftbeer shop is less than 100 m away, that is perfectly acceptable. Mind, both for BorgerBottles and the brewery, carefully check opening hours before venturing out. If you do, I'm pretty sure you'll find some never-had-before stuff waiting for you.
visited a while ago, but haven't posted a review yet.
This place is connected to Cantillon. Needless to say, that means special cantillon is to be had. It's been a saying for years - as long as you serve rare loons, you can open up in a horsestable and have lack to anything , you'll still get good reviews.
Of course, thats a joke, but it's based on truth. here too, i think the place is a bit overrated. The pizza's were in the mid-high to high price range, but I wasn't blown away by them in comparancy. Especially since the same city offers one of the best pizza places i've encountered so far, at similar or even lower prices.
The beer list is of course loaded with loons. Prices are decent to high - but i'd call those very high since they're connected to the brewery, and thus must get them cheaper than other places. As a customer, leaving behind the comparancy, the prices are still agreeable, and finding that cool loon tick always makes your day. Lots of wine ( Jean is a wine afficionato ) and some rotating beers. I don't feel like it's a very balanced menu, per se. Cool for lambic geeks, the essential styles for others, but not much else beyond that.
Don't get me wrong, the place is good, and all listed 'negative' aspects are inperfections, not problems. I just can't help but feel like this place isn't maxed out on anything just yet. But let's give it some time, maybe they'll grow.
Service was polite , relatively slow though. All things combines, for sure a good place worth checking out, but perhaps a bit blown up by the cantillon hype.
New reïncarnation by the former Atmicmu mead shop in Antwerp. As they moved to the new location, the name was changed in 'Sweet Rebel Honingwijn'. Honeywine is how the general public seems to call Mead ( something I try to avoid, to make sure people understand it's a seperate product, not wine with honey ). Anyways, Tom (the owner) aims for a wider audience, not just the geeks like me (and most of the ones reading this) .
The selection starts of with their own brand, conveniently also names ' Sweet Rebel Honingwijn' . These are the upper level of industrial quality meads, made by an annonymous meadery in Germany. Many different flavors are available. Quality is as to be expected. Nice and affortable, but perhaps a bit, well, industrial and safe.
Next to that, there are Polish meads. It's no secret i'm a fanboy of both Apis, and expecially, Pasieka Jaros. Both of these are available here. Top tier mead's aren't available yet ( superstition / Schramms / boneflower / pips and the likes) but of course a buisness like this , in a country that doesn't even know what mead is, takes time. We hope to see them here one day ! In the meantime, many other great options are available. The likes of Blacksmith from Belgium can no doubt satisfie even the pickiest meadlovers.
The glue that holds all this together is Tom. Not driven by money, but actual love for the product. And it shows. Most to all of the meads can be samples before you buy. Be aware it's not a bar, but a 100 % shop, so that kind of service is really, really cool !
An absolute must visit if you don't or barely know mead. For existing mead fan's, some discoveries can still be made. And even if not, I have no doubt that you'll find a mead you'll love, and a person that loves talking about it. So - vegans and no-alcohol drinkers excluded - there's no real reason to not visit this at least once when you're in the possibility to do so.
Mine was done during covid on a coach tour. There's free WiFi. There ae free tastings in the shop at the back and in the cellar under the museum. The shop does more mainstream ciders. The museum the more exotic barrel aged ciders.
Nice off license. Good selection of beer and spirits. There's hand sanitiser on the way in. They sell some Belgian beer, Verdant, Goodh etc. (both local breweries)