Belgium > Watou
t0rin0 (1131) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 4, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited October 2012.
We stopped in late in the evening looking for beer places open during the week. Turns out the people of Belgium donít believe in working, at least not after tourist season. Nothing is ever open, except for an hour here or there when they feel like it. At least this place was open late catering to the local farmers that were bitter about something. What ever it was provided for an interesting experience. There were three or four of them at the bar debating something drunkenly and loudly. Eventually some punches were thrown but these guys were so drunk that they hugged it out moments later. The owners/bartenders were friendly enough through this experience but we didnít feel much like sticking around after that experience. We did however finish most of our beers which were most of the Kapittel line from Van Eecke and they were pretty decent. Prices werenít terrible for Belgium. Take away the angry drunks and this would be a worthy stop. Maybe just stop in for a quick tick or five and walk across the street to any of the other bars that probably wonít be open and take a quick look at the church and the statues.
brokensail (755) Orange County, California | October 6, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of an interesting place...walked in to the bar next door to the brewery and found what seemed more like a local dive. A fight between a couple local farm workers broke out, so that livened things up. Tried the house beers and left. Not sure about this place...
baxterfish (178) , England | September 6, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Under new management and has lost itís record collection, bric - a brac and much of itís charm.Still worth a look.
SHIG (194) Wasilla, Alaska | July 8, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped in here on one of my trips to Poperinge in í07. I was actually surprised that this was part of the brewery, even though my Belgium beer guide directed me here. I was able to try a few offerings. If in this region and trying to stop at breweries I would venture here.
Kunstemaecker (13) Steenkerke, Belgium | August 24, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A nice pub right next to the Van Eecke Brewery, renowned for its Hommelbier. Great interior decoration, quite kitsch, reminds me of another pub in Wevelgem called Avenue De Polka.
Small selection of beers but the setting and atmosphere make up for that.
Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | November 29, 2008| Updated June 21, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small, quiet place with a tiny patio and overflow seating outside. Serves nearly all of the Van Eecke range and others brewed by the Le Roy family. Proprietors Dirk and Blomme are very friendly, and have been known to arrange tours of the brewery with advanced notice. 1950s records theme. Good selection of cheese and sausage plates. The brewery itself is compact and fairly modern, but not very automated. Owner and brewery staff are very friendly and informative.
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