I’m torn between keeping this place a well-kept secret, or spreading the word, but here goes... Davy and Glenn were extraordinary hosts, sharing quite a good share of their range, including some not-yet-available brews. The beers were quite tasty, and this place has enormous potential. It’s the most personal brewery tour you can find! The store has a carefully selected range of beers from far and near, including Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share from the U.S., a huge amount of De Molen, BrewDog, etc, etc. Even Struise Brewer Urbain Coutteau joined us, and we helped his students brew a batch of Pipedream. My only regret is that I did not get to taste Glenn’s cooking, but maybe next time!
Pretty sweet hole-in-the-wall place in a neighborhood. Glen and Davie are exceptionally nice and let us try tons of their beers from taps and bottles. The place has a "loft" of sorts with barrels, a bar, and a small but pretty wicked beershop. Lots of very hard to find stuff like BA Mikkeller Brunch Weasels, BA Mikkeller Blacks, Cantillon Fou Fone (probably gone by now), all of their beers of course, 3F, Cantillon, and actually a good amount of American stuff that you cannot find anywhere in the US like Three Floyds (not kidding). Loads of Struise, De Molen. The whole experience here is sweet but the bottleshop is pretty much superlative. Looks like Olbutikken inside.
The GPS took us through a few miles of tiny campaign roads, too narrow for two cars to face each other, in order to get to this improbable place, in a miniature industrial park. It must be pointed out that they moved earlier this year. Once you step in, you enter like you’re home, no one is there to greet you, but you hear a few voices coming from far away. Brewery smells invite you to step up the stairs where you’re forced to walk through the beer store area where they stock only the finest, maybe less than 200 products, but all top-notch stuff and a very heavy proportion of imports for a Belgian beer store. You keep walking on and reach the brewery, no longer the picobrouwerij of the beginnings and you gain access to the loft, a few stairs up and giving view on the brewery. This bar area can probably sit 50 people or so for events. I guess events must be terrific with the passion and friendliness that the owners showed us on a very ordinary October early Wednesday. We tried a pretty good Morpheus Extra on an almost empty stomach. It was fun to meet the very accesible owners though. Frankly, reaching Alvinne is quite a detour from most beaten tracks and I suppose that this near-pilgrimage helped bumped up their place ratings, and so did their events which seem to be quite a pull. I loved visiting, the guys were excessively friendly and welcoming, the beer store had tons of stuff we wanted to buy, but I don’t quite believe it deserves to be a top 50 beer place in the world. For an event though, I would definitely like to be there.
bhensonb (579) Woodland, California | July 16, 2009| Updated October 28, 2010
Note: Just got a box from web order. Great packing. Fast delivery. First time I’ve ordered from a Euro webstore. won’t be the last time!!! Prior rating:The beer selection is: only what is hard to find elsewhere. Glenn and Davy aren’t compromising. They don’t have everything that’s hard to find, but if they have it, it is otherwise hard to find. So it’s the most must place to shop. Value was just excellent.
A very fun place to visit. This is a bottle shop, a brewery and a tasting room all in one. You walk in through what looks like a back door and climb a steep small stair. You wonder if you took the right door. The place is very “raw” and really feels like a backstore. First of all it is important to know that the bottle shop is not an Alvinne bottle shop. I’d say that Alvinne bottles accounted for no more than 5% of the total amount of bottles in the shop. They have a privileged relationship with Struise and this bottle shop is actually a much better place to find cool Struise bottles than the Struise bottle shop. Overall I’d say that the bottle shop has one of the most interesting selection I have seen in Belgium. Certainly in the top-5 selection I have seen in Belgium. Limited Struise, Alvinne, De Molen, a bunch of Danish brews, even cool American brews. They had a few beers in the tasting room but it looks as if they were having a friendly get-together so I did not interrupt. Just paid for my bottles (good price) and was on my way. Because of its unreal setting and selection I found it to be my most pleasant beer shopping experience in Belgium (twice I was in the country)
Visited the new brewery in Moen.
Incredible new set up in an older style factory-warehouse building but obviously with a lot of work went into remodeling the interior and give it a very modern brewery.
Brand new equipment will expand Alvinne’s capacity.
A nice loft-tasting room overlooks the new brewery while keeping a Belgian feel to it. A 100L keg-pump allows them to pump straight from the tank to the bar and serve beer as fresh as you could get.
Of course, service is always top notch, with Glenn and Davy as hosts. The place to go for the Alvinne beers along with a very good selection of guests beers in the beershop which is also being remodeled to allow people to shop.
Good things from one of Belgium’s leading beer innovators. A small operation that keeps growing at its own pace while always keeping a very friendly atmosphere.
Unlike bar or store this is the place where the magic happens, and Alvinne deserves a perfect score for their hard work.
Well, didn’t visit, but did order beer. Glenn went out of his way to help, and sent the bottles quickly and well packed. He didn’t object to my quite oldfashioned way of paying the bill. Even put a few extra in when one beer I ordered was unavailable. Not cheap, but worth the money. Recommended.
Visited the ACBF 2012. Great venue, great organisation. Beers in the shop were not too expensive.
been here almost a year ago ( april 2013 ) but forgot to rate it . we had a very memorable service .
before visiting, alvinne was, to me , a try-to-be-great brewery ( i know ) but visiting here deffinetly made me ashamed of ever thinking that . we drank some beers straight from cask, and they were freaking phenomenal . Their foeder is the best ! talked much to the brewers too, they are awsome guys . deffinetly one of belgian’s best
I shopped at many beer stores in Belgium and this is where I found most of the good ones. The prices are fair and the stock is very well-selected. Best of all, the proprietors are friendly and quite helpful.