Het Anker Brewery

Het Anker brewery enjoys world fame for its 'Gouden Carolus' beer. Founded in 1471, Het Anker is one of Belgium's oldest breweries. The three copper brew-kettles in the brew-room date from after the Second World War.

In the 1990s the premises were given a makeover. Charles Leclef, the fifth generation of the family, restored the old buildings and modernized the refrigeration, fermentation and largering facilities.

There are several versions of Gouden Carolus. The most famous is undoubtedly the Gouden Carolus Classic. This special beer won -for the 3rd time- the gold medal at the World Beer Awards in 2012. The jury decribed the beer as following: "Full, rich nose of molasses, toffee and pear drops. Powerful yet smooth. (…) Plenty of body with rich fruit flavors and a long warming finish."

Some cafés, and of course Het Anker brasserie, serve the various beers in 'tasting glasses'.You can visit the brewery. The number of visitors is limited. Booking is recommended for individuals and mandatory for groups.

Opening hours

Monday 07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
Friday 07:00 - 21:00
Saturday 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday 08:00 - 18:00

Weekly guided tours are organized on:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11h00;
Friday at 11h00 and 13h00;
Saturday at 11h00, 13h00, 14h00 and 15h00;
and Sunday at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00.

It is advisable to book your guided tour.

Groups and school groups

Monday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Friday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00 by appointment

Available every day by reservation.


€ 9 p.p. (incl. 2 beers or 1 soft drink)

For children up to 12 years €2.00


Minimum number of persons 10 or from € 90.

€9 per person.
Includes 2 tastings.
The group is split up from 25 to 30 people.

School groups

Group from 10 people.

€ 6 per person.
Includes 1 tasting.
The group is split up from 25 to 30 people.



For more information about access feel free to contact the venue.


T +32 15 28 71 41
W www.hetanker.be/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hetanker


Guido Gezellelaan 49, 2800 Mechelen