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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 St. Bernardus

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Brewmaster Wouter Dely, a graduate of KH Sint-Lievens in Ghent, learned the trade from his predecessor Guy Claus. In that sense, there is an unbroken line of brewers back to the times when St. Bernardus first started brewing for Westvleteren. Wouter is continuing the...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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De Dolle Brouwers

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It all started with three men sharing one passion: Romeo Bostoen and the brothers Kris & Dr. Jo Herteleer. Kris Herteleer being the last (since 2006) of the original Dolle Brouwers currently active in Esen. His brother Jo is said to still be brewing...
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