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Another wonderfully ancient Belgian brewery, Het Anker was founded in 1471 in Mechelen, Flanders, by a group of Beguines (laypeople who’d taken informal religious vows). The brewery was acquired by Louis Van Breedam in the late 1800s, and renamed ‘The Anchor’ in 1904.
It’s well-known for its ‘Lucifer’ 8% blond beer, and Gouden Carolus, named for Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who was born in Mechelen. Het Anker have earned numerous awards over the years and their beers are incredibly well-regarded. They’re also pretty innovative, brewing Cuvée van de Keizer strong ale once a year on Charles V’s birthday, and even a Gouden Carolus single malt whisky.