Went on the self-guided tour (12 Euros) which was very well presented and ends with a taster of 3 beers in the tap room. The massive recent investment from Duvel Moortgat which saved this iconic brewery is obvious and it's a bit ironic that this latest and most important event is not mentioned on the tour. Everything is very professionally done and a visit is highly recommended. Note the fantastic wall art on the exterior of the brewery with each of the core beers being represented by a mural - the Wild Jo pigeons are particularly impressive. Probably an essential visit when in Antwerp.
So you come to Antwerp, and you visit the cathedral, the kasteel, the docks, the Plantein-Moretus museum, the house of Rubens, the magnificent pulpits in the churches... and you also go, beer-wise, to Kulminator and De Koninck. Otherwise, I’m afraid, there’d be something missing. And everything I mentioned and quite a lot more is actually really worth it, seriously. Give it a try: here you’ll find, to begin with, fantastic wall art (not to be missed or overlooked, check those Wild Jo pigeons). Then you continue with a mammoth venue, detail-laden, with the option of a guided tour around or simply the option of going directly to the bar or some of the (several) stores and shops. If you choose the bar, it’s in the middle of what appears to be the brewery. Staff is knowledgeable and they speak good English. Beer options are many, since Duvel is now the owner of De Koninck: expect quite a few Belgian and American brewskies. Definitely worth coming if you’re around and into beer.
So the koninck totaly re-did their brewery. Guess I’ll have to rate the same place as the adress is still the same, but all readers please note that previous ratings, prior to this, are ment for the old setting and thus less to the matter now.
Visited at the pre-opening ( official opening in september ). the tour starts in a container, where a clip is playing. After the clip has finished, the wall slides open and the tour begins....
You are guided trough the history of both antwerp and its iconic brewery, plus you get some info on stuff like glassware. After that, the tour takes you trough a historical bar-setting, before going trough the actual brewery. Everything is explained trough texts on the wall, plus videos at every ’chapter’ . The last stadium of the tour is the dekonink bar, where you get a free ’bolleke’ or triple danvers.
After that, you can go to the ’duvel bar’ where the other beers from duvel moortgat are served ( plans for getting their american breweries in there as well ! ) Next to that, you can get a tasting bord of the products of the buisnesses working together with dekoninck on-site. cheese ( van Tricht ) , meat and chocolate ( forgot those names, sorry ) which are just great and also visitable on site.
Dekoninck did a massive investement in this place, and it totally shows. Not only the setting is great, but they invested in very knowledgable staff ( beers, food, foodpairing etc ). A very damn professionnal place now, and fun to visit ! can’t wait for it to be open for real. Recommended to pass by here
Great place, I was lucky to have been able to take a brewery tour and it not only included about 3 full beers, but was very interesting. the guide knew everything about the brewing process, which is to be expected, but also a lot of fun facts about beer and beer history. The brew pub was nice as well, and all the normal beers were available along with some local specials.
Only brewery in Antwerp. A lot of tradition. The brew pub is nice, good food. Although I am not a big fan of De Koninck beers, you should stop by and learn about the history of the brewery and taste all their beers. Shame I could not see the brewery.
The pride of Antwerp. no longer in he hands of the family. What is intersiting about De Koninck is the mix between old and new, old builing, new and old equipment. since Moortgat took over, the bottling line has been removed. Bottling now takes place at moortgat (and La Chouffe for the big ones)