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geoffW (1) loughborough, England | May 20, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
This was our first visit to VDW, although we e-mailed our intent and received a prompt, friendly reply.
We have been doing a biannual beer trip to Ieper for some years but not discovered this gem. As we know what we want, infinite choice is not important but even so they have all of our staples & some rarities as well, including lots of De Dolle/Struise. The prices are the best we have found around Ieper and overall our basic shopping list is much cheaper here. Especially by the crate. Add to this the opportunity to explore the warehouse & pick up on the rarer items and Alladinís Cave no longer seems a Fairy Tale.
The staff are brilliant! True their English is only marginally better than our non existent Flemish but gestures, beer mats & ball point pens get round all the obstacles. My friend & I were simply blown away by the service and for the first time ever in Belgium we were told not to worry if we ran in to their lunch break! Weíve had some sore knuckles on that score elsewhere. We didnít test the offer however.
In all there were four staff during our visit. Each contributed to the quality of our experience and we have an everlasting memory of the young lady ascending a column of Struise crates to recover bottles from the topmost one.
A final bonus is the Frituur just round the corner - another gem but busy.
If like us you know what you need or even if you donít make for the area and give this one to try. Use their website, stock list and this website to decide what you want & go for it!
After this, the Westy pilgrimage seemed rather tame and weíre currently doing some serious drinking towards a tri annual trip.
Fin (535) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 23, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
We visited here on Saturday 8th June 2013 on the advice of the landlord of Kunstemaecker (see reviewer below) Whilst it doesnít have the sheer numbers of beers that Dranken Geers, Oostakker has, and it is certainly more warehouse in layout and style it was still a great find. Located quite centrally in the village off to the left if you are coming from the south along Molenstraat. Managed to get a couple of Pannepot Reserva 75cl bottles for less than 10 Euros each and a 75cl of Struise Black Damnation No:1 Blackberry and Port Aged for a fair price as well. On the day that we arrived the chap in the warehouse didnít speak hardly any English and we cannot speak any Dutch so it was fun trying to locate and ask for things, however he was very friendly and extremely helpful as was the lady in the office whose English was much better. We visited again on Saturday 22nd June as they open as at 8am (which is very handy) and picked up a crate of Orval, there were many more staff on, on this occasion and the owner was quite a funny chap. I really like this place and whilst not the selection of places like Hop Duvel or Dranken Geers it has itís nice and surprises you with the odd gem scattered in and amongst, great prices as well.
Kunstemaecker (14) Steenkerke, Belgium | May 14, 2013| Updated January 16, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great place to pick up some craft beers. The staff is always very helpful. They have a large selection of harder to find stuff and lots of Struise and lambic beers
bobloblaw1 (1) , | December 29, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great warehouse! Selection was better than similar places that Iíve been too (in my limited experience) including Struise beers, but not as comprehensive as the much more expensive specialty beer stores in the tourist areas. The website is easy to navigate and has a pdf of the available beers, which seemed to be pretty accurate. Last but not least, the customer service was excellent. E-mails made pre-trip were responded to promptly and the staff could not have been more helpful, accommodating, or friendly. Thanks Bruno! The warehouse was accessible via Molenstraat vs. the google map listing of Brouwerijstraat. Will definitely go back.
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