A while back, I posited that De Koninck might perhaps be up for sale. Turns out it was, and the winner is…
In a deal announced Thursday, August 5, the family-owned regional brewery has acquired 100% of the Antwerp-based De Koninck for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes “significant real estate” in the Antwerp area, including the iconic bar – and scene for me of many enjoyable evenings – Den Engel.
On the surface, this would appear to be a good arrangement. De Koninck has been struggling for some time and Duvel Moortgat has proved thus far to be a good steward of its acquisitions, which include the Wallonian brewery Brasserie d’Achouffe and the northern Liefmans. In the release, Duvel ceo Michel Moortgat seemed to express interest in reinvigorating the De Koninck brand.
I may have to drop in to a De Koninck-carrying bar this afternoon to toast the future of the bolleke!