Visited with a small group with a guided tour. Very friendly co-owner showed us around and talked about Alvinne with a tasting of their beers. Nice bar area on top of a storage and they even have their private bar in their office.
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 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)
bierkoning (349) La Tropica/Doarp, Netherlands | June 27, 2011| Updated March 5, 2012
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.
I was here during [email protected] One of the guys showed us aroung the brewery and we had a tasting of some Alvinne beers as well as Pannepot Grand Resrva, Westy 12 and Rodenbach Vin De Cereal. The also have a small beer shop there that doesn’t have a huge selection, but has some really great stuff in ridiculous prices. Two beers I got there: Cuvee Van De Keizer 2000 for 6.5E, Westvleteren 12 for 3-4E. A very nice place. The brewery is on the first floor, the Tasting room and shop are on the second floor.