Pretty spectacular place that specializes in their bottle selection, which features some fantastic lambics and an extensive Struise selection among other things. Quite a small place, but in the better weather months, the small outside is very charming. Service was fantastic - Dylan (kraddel) was very generous. A must stop in Antwerp.
Eén der beste biercafés uit het Antwerpse waar ze met een persoon in huis die tapcursussen geeft uiteraard de perfecte pint kunnen tappen. De Struise Brouwers staat hier constant op tap. Spijtig dat er weinig zitplaatsen zijn en ze nog beslist hebben om er weg te nemen ook. De meeste werknemers kennen voldoende van het bier om deskundige uitleg te geven (gelukkig is die met haar Boeing getatoeëerd op haar rug verdwenen). Kwaliteit van schenken, bewaartemperatuur, properheid glazen, juiste afwasmiddel, propere bierleidingen, enz... staat hier op heel hoog niveau. Spijtig dat de sigarettenrook via het terras in de zaak komt, dat verpest alles en maakt de voorste zitplaatsen onbruikbaar. De zaak staat zelfs toe dat er vanop de eerste tafel in de zaak naar buiten toe gerookt wordt! Spijtig en het is in hun nadeel want ik kom er minder en minder door deze reden.
The ambience of these places with the dried hop vines and antique beer signs is kind of silly, but also kind of fun. The bottle cooler is in open view here, making the selection process simpler and more thorough; the bottle selection is extensive with lots of obscure options, while the tap list is solid. If already in Antwerp, this is the definite second place to stop, and the more comfortable.
Visited with Tom. Came here on a Friday afternoon to enjoy a nice bottle of lambic on the terasse in the sun. Nice newer bar in the center of Antwerp.They have a nice selection, a few good bottled lambics, some unblended lambics, a few good taps including a rotating Struise tap. Dylan gave us some top notch service and a nice welcome which was appreciated. Prices are reasonable, especially for the location (which is very nice). Great place to enjoy some beers.
Visited twice on a Friday afternoon/evening. The bar ambiance/crown seems to be a lot younger than the two others main bars of Antwerp (Oud Arsenaal and Kulminator). It wasn’t crowded when we visited and there was plenty of seating available. Service was made by Dylan (kraddel) who works than and was pretty good. The owner let us open a couple of our own bottles there and that was much appreciated. Selection is really interesting with a couple of lambics of tap as well as Struise Cuvée Delphine and Rodenbach Foederbier. The bottles selection was interesting too and included Hommage b2 and a couple of other good lambics. Prices are very reasonable too, especially considering how close this place is from Antwerp Center. Very good beer bar that seems to be on the rise (compare to Kulminator who seems to be on the decline). I will visit again for sure if I’m in the area.
Very nice place in the city center of Antwerp and it keeps improving! Lambic, Rodenbach foederbeer and Struise from tap! Very interesting beer menu with changing beers. Also a lot of internationals available. Decent prices. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A place for the normal beer drinker and the beer geek!
Fin (963) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | February 10, 2014
We (me & Loz) visited here on Friday 7th February 2014. This is a great addition to the Antwerp beer scene that has cropped up since I was last here approx’ 3-4 years ago. It is close to Gollem and has another couple of neighbouring bars close by also. The beer choice was excellent and prices seemed fine, I had a Emilisse BA Balsamico Loz had Orval (rather predictably :-) ) The place is long, thin and the bar runs much of the way down the left hand side as you enter, there are a couple of window tables and a few further tables beyond the bar in a small area at the rear of the pub. The beer list is impressive and you can imagine that this will be popular with beer geeks in a similar way that the Kulminator is. Kradel was serving whilst were there and aside from a smattering of others he hadn’t got a great deal to do as it was early and therefore fairly quiet. Liked this place and will definately return to when next in Antwerp.