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Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck

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The story of the Van Honsebrouck beer dynasty starts in 1811 with the birth of Amandus Van Honsebrouck. He was a farmer who expanded his farm with a dairy, distillery and brewery. He even became mayor of Werken in West Flanders, then just a...
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Brasserie Dubuisson

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The brewery's owner, Hugues Dubuisson, is a man who knows his stuff. As well as years of experience, and many generations of passed-down brewing wisdom, he has a brewing degree under his belt. Every single recipe is personally developed by him, paying all due...
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Maredsous

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Detailed information about Maredsous Belgian beer; includes the history, the brewing and the beers of the Maredsous Abbey, found in the Namur region of Belgium.
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Duvel Moortgat

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After Jan-Leonard Moortgat and his wife laid the foundations, the second Moortgat generation took over in 1900. Business was booming and Albert and Victor, both sons of Jan-Leonard, decided to join the business. As in each family, everyone was allocated a task. ...
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Brouwerij Liefmans

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The brewery was owned by the Liefmans family for two long slow centuries. But the 20th-century saw things became more fast-paced. In 1902 the brewery changed hands for the first time, when it passed into the hands of the Van Geluwe family. 1990 saw...
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Brasserie d’Achouffe

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The story of L'Achouffe is really the story of the two men, at the helm from the start. They formed the perfect tandem for making a success of this ambitious brewing project: Chris, with his irrepressible enthusiasm, creativity and business savvy and Pierre, contributing his...
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Brouwerij De Koninck

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The late ‘meneer Modeste’ (that's guv'nor Modeste to you) was proud of the fact that he had never given in to a passing fad. He headed up the brewery for fifty years, with his sons Bernard and Dominique following in his footsteps....
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Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ivo Bosteels, father of Antoine, doesn’t beat around the bush. Brewers have to be modest. “Our beer is our living. The beer determines what happens here. We depend on what nature has to offer and have to question ourselves every single day. Every...
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Brasserie St-Feuillien

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The current brewer, Alexis Briol, has developed the recipes for all of the beers in the range, with the exception of the Saint-Feuillien Blonde. That owes its existence to the work of Benoît Friart (from the 3rd generation of this brewing family). The...
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Brouwerij De Halve Maan

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All of the De Halve Maan’s beers are created in Bruges’ historic city centre. This is another conscious decision. Brewery staff and visitors are literally wandering amongst the brewing kettles. The brewer is treading in the footsteps of his predecessors in a location that...
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Brasserie de Silly

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Nowadays it's Bertrand Van der Haegen who's watching over the quality of the Silly beers. Not that his father, Jean-Paul, can't help but take a glimpse over Bertrand's shoulder now and again. After all, the brewery is ‘his baby’ and he continues to keep...
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Brouwerij Timmermans

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Brewer Willem Van Herreweghen is recognised as an expert in the field of lambiek beers. One of his previous jobs was as a ‘geuzesteker’ (blender) with De Cam. At Timmermans’, Willem is assisted by brewer Thomas Vandelanotte from Bruges. Perhaps the most interesting...
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Brouwerij & Alcoholstokerij Wilderen

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What the Wilderen brewery has achieved in the space of just a few years is vey impressive indeed. In 2012 they were runners-up in the Vlaamse monumentenprijs competition (Flemish Monuments Awards), which was the crowning glory on many years’ hard work. Wilderen products...
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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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You could say that Omer Vander Ghinste has been at the helm of the Bockor brewery for over 120 years. Obviously, though, that's not one and the same man – five generations of fathers have passed on the brewery (as well as their...
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Palm Belgian Craft Brewers

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In 1928, Arthur Van Roy’s son Alfred, at the tender age of 15, started his own impressive career in the world of Belgian brewing. He attended brewery college in Brussels, where he discovered the 'Spéciale Aerts' amongst other beers. In 1929 the De Hoorn...
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus

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Information about Brouwerij Sint Bernardus in Watou. The history and the people, the brewing and the beers, of the St. Bernardus Abbey brewery, one-time brewers of Westvleteren, found in the Westhoek.
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Bières de Chimay

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When Brother Théodore entered the order, at the tender age of 19 in the year 1932, he was somewhat unprepared for a career in brewing. "Little did he know.." as they say "..and he knew rather little". The young theologue therefore sought advice and assistance...
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Brouwerij Anders!

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Anders master brewer is Bart Durlet, a man who has now 'worked the wort' on both sides of the Belgian beer universe. As he told us in our recent interview, he would like to see 'beer' written with a capital B. “I used to...
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Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis

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The somewhat convoluted history of Achel's brewing does beg the question – who actually developed the Achel recipe? The answer is that Achel's beers are something of a collaborative Trappist effort. First of all, there was the late Brother Thomas, from Westmalle, who...
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Brouwerij Westmalle

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The rule of St. Benedict allowed for the monks to enjoy a beverage from the local region: hence the reason that French Trappists took to the brewing of Flanders ales. However, it's sad to note that there are no longer any monks working directly...
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Brasserie d'Orval

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Orval has seen something a generation – and gender – shift at the top of its brewing team recently. The brewery had been managed by respected brew-master Jean-Marie Rock since 1985. But in 2013, he handed over the mashing stick to his right-hand woman, Anne-Françoise...
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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Thierry Fourneau, plus Luc and Patrick Streignard, are now managing the brewery, with the assistance of Quality Manager Santos Gumer. Rochefort’s annual production is some thirty-five thousand hectolitres, which earns the brewery a place in the Trappist peloton – but not at the head. ...
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Sint Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren

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The monks of Sint-Sixtus started to brew beer for one main reason. The same reason any monastery has done historically, to generate extra revenue. They needed the funds to survive and sustain themselves and their order. Beer was also for a long time the...
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Wilderen goes whisky with Wild Weasel

WILDEREN - After a three-year wait, the day has finally arrived. The Wilderen brewery and distillery in Sint-Truiden has launched its very first whisky, Wild Weasel. To mark the occasion, the histori... [ more ]

PALM becomes Palm Belgian Craft Brewers

STEENHUFFEL - A new name and new logo doesn't diminish this breweries' long and rich history. Palm Belgian Craft Brewers has come a long way since its foundation back in 1686. Yes, it was recently di... [ more ]

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The St. Louis Kriek Lambic is a traditionally produced kriekenlambiek. It is different from the St. Louis Premium Kriek in that, instead of krieken juice, a proportion of 15% of re... [ more ]

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