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 during ACBF 2012. Quite busy (obviously), but with a great atmosphere. Lovely conversations @ De Proefloft, and a nice selection in the beershop, not too big, but nowhere near small either. Great staff and volunteers.
Pitty it is such a long drive from where I live, would love to go back much more often.
Visited during the 2012 acbf. Atmosphere is industrial, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. Nice loft overlooking the brewery, cool!
Nice beers on draft and in the shop. Selection could be bigger, but very decent prices. So al in all, definitely worth a visit!
Absolutely adored this place upon visiting – not long after the relocation. Upon entering I was immediately greeted by Glenn with a beer in hand for me. Smelling the brewery as you drink beer tapped straight from the fermentation tank – still fully alive & almost warm to tough & incredibly raw is amazing as it feels like you are drinking the brewery itself. Tour was nice & Glenn was an amazing host, wound up chatting for 2 hours or so as he opened & shared a couple of bottles on the house for me. Beer shop is small but is downright mind-blowing as far as choice & price goes with lots of incredibly stuff which you won’t be capable of getting anywhere else in Belgium. Some breweries you adore for their beers but this one you just want to support for the people themselves. Only downside it is middle of nowhere & hard to incredibly hard to get there, would be probably overrun if it were any closer.
Note moyenne pour la brasserie depuis 5 ans je n ai pas goute un produit non infecte. Faire 30 recettes, barriquer quand la biere ressemble a un mauvais brassin amateur c est inutile. Le shop est interressant un peu cher et tres tres geek selection.
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.
A very nice place to go to. People from Alvinne are most kind, welcoming and friendly. What’s more is that there is a beer shop within the brewery , with a superbe selection of beers from almost everywhere in the world. A must vivit for every beer geeks .