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Belgian Breweries

Bières de Chimay


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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Brasserie d’Achouffe


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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Brasserie de Bertinchamps


Benoît Humblet is an agricultural engineer with a business management qualification. In Bertinchamps he has found his life’s purpose. With the help of his family he has established a contemporary brewery in an environment steeped in history. The latest technology is used to...
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Brasserie de Brunehaut


Brasserie de Brunehaut want you to taste a real beer. Main brewer Damien Delnest: “Niche beers like our gluten-free, organic Brunehaut Blonde and Ambrée compel us to work in an artisan way. It is quite a challenge to achieve consistent quality, working with relatively...
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Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs


Jean-Pierre and Nathalie Eloir were pioneers of the first generation of microbrewers in southern Belgium. They embrace their local terroir and traditional brewing processes. Jean-Pierre is self-taught but also packs in a wide-ranging technical background. He first started brewing in his cellar at...
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu


In 1997 brewing engineer Benoît Humblet and milk trader Alain Pelsser set up the current family brewery on the abbey site. For many years, both milk and beer were sent off to clients. Since then, Benoît has left the company to set up the...
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Brasserie de Rochefort


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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Brasserie des Carrières


Founders and childhood friends, Julien Slabbinck and François Amorison, have been obsessed by brewing and beer for as long as they can remember. To celebrate the end of their secondary education the pair decided to embark on a ‘small’ tour of Belgian breweries of...
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Brasserie de Silly


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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Brasserie des Légendes


Pierre Delcoigne is a qualified agricultural engineer. He chose this direction of study intending to take over his father’s 60-hectare farm. And since 2012 he has been in charge of that farm as well as the two breweries, honouring his place as a sixth-generation...
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Brasserie de Waterloo


The John Martin Group was established in Belgium in 1909 by British master brewer John Martin, who began his career by importing and bottling Guinness in the port city of Antwerp. Three generations on and The Finest Beer Selection is a reference...
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Brasserie d'Orval


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 Dubuisson


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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Brasserie Dupont


Olivier Dedeycker is the fourth scion of this brewing dynasty to take the helm at Dupont, a brewery with real living heritage. Olivier adheres to tradition and to Dupont’s local roots. This is a brewery that would rather brew a small amount of a...
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Brasserie Lupulus


Pierre Gobron has an excellent reputation in the Belgian beer world; earned with proven expertise and great commitment. Pierre is a man of few words and does not like to blow his own trumpet. But there’s no doubt that he continues to strive to...
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Brasserie St-Feuillien


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 Affligem


Affligem is in the rich tradition of Belgian abbey beers. They are exceptionally pure beers, brewed on the basis of an authentic, protected abbey recipe. Quality takes time. In the brewery the beer is given all the space it needs to complete its fermentation....
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Brouwerij Bosteels


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 Bourgogne des Flandres


Anthony Martin, the owner of Brouwerij John Martin NV, is advised by his brewmaster Willem Van Herreweghen, who used to brew for Palm Belgian Craft Brewers before making his mark as an expert in the field of lambic beers. Willem developed and fine-tuned...
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Brouwerij Contreras


Frederik De Vrieze, an architect by trade, has been brewing with Contreras since 2005, when he took over from his father-in-law Willy Contreras. There is no doubt that the historic brewery building held a lot of appeal for him. But first and foremost, he...
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Brouwerij Cornelissen


In 1980 Jef Cornelissen Senior took charge of the brewery after the sudden death of his father. Brewing is in Jef’s genes. As a teenager he helped deliver the barrels, later he added to his knowledge at brewing college. Jef first ensured...
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Brouwerij De Brabandere


Belgian brewing families used to intermarry, and that has given rise to family ties between the De Brabandere and Palm Belgian Craft Breweries, and with the Verhaeghe-Vichte, Van Steenberge and Van Eecke-Leroy breweries. The current owner’s grandfather, Albert De Brabandere, suceeded in capturing...
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Brouwerij De Halve Maan


All of the De Halve Maan beers are crafted 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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Brouwerij De Kazematten


Brouwerij De Kazematten is the brainchild of Hans Depypere, the owner of the Sint-Bernardus brewery in Watou, to the west of Ypres, and Rudy Ghequire, site manager at Rodenbach’s in Roeselare, to the city’s north-east. They have left nothing to chance in founding their...
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Brouwerij De Koninck


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 der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis


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 der Trappisten van Westmalle


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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Brouwerij Het Anker


Charles Leclef, the owner, is a descendant of a brewing family related to the Van Breedam family from Blaasveld. Between 1930 and 1963, Charles van Breedam was in charge of the brewery. In 1962 van Breedam decided to stop producing pils and to...
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Brouwerij Huyghe


Alain De Laet has been in charge of the brewery since 2005. His father Jean De Laet now oversees the expansion of the international network of Delirium Cafés. These focus on speciality beers and provide a superb, world-wide testing facility for the brewery’s...
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Brouwerij Liefmans


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 Lindemans


The Lindemans family chronicles provide a beautiful example of the evolution of an agricultural enterprise. It was a farm-brewery where brewing gradually became the main activity, to the point where farming fell by the wayside. Joos Frans ‘Duc’ Lindemans – nicknames were used...
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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste


You could say that Omer Vander Ghinste has been at the helm of the 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 first...
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Brouwerij Palm


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 Rodenbach


Rodenbach plays an important role in Belgian history. The tale of this emigré German family makes for a captivating, page-turning story with many colourful characters: it is a story populated by soldiers, entrepreneurs, politicians, writers, revolutionaries and brewers. Pedro Rodenbach joined Napoleon’s army...
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Brouwerij Roman


How can we agree on a signature for the rather diverse range of Roman brews? What is their common denominator, and how would we say that they stand out? Talking to the current owners, Carlo and Lode Roman, we'd have to agree that the...
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus


Hans Depypere, the owner of the brewery, actually used to work in security management, in the USA and elsewhere. The quality of the Sint Bernardus beers and their excellent reputation convinced him that taking over the brewery was a viable proposition. In doing so,...
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Brouwerij Timmermans


Brewer Willem Van Herreweghen is recognised as an expert in the field of lambic. 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 of...
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge


Since 2013 Jef Versele, son of Paul’s sister Greta, and his wife Theresa Deroose are in charge of the brewery. Both adhere to the traditional rules of brewing that the seven generations of their family have sworn by. The ancient motto, ‘born a...
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Brouwerij Verhaeghe-Vichte


Jacques Verhaeghe taught his son Peter the secrets of the style that aren’t part of the curriculum at brewing school. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a pure foeder beer made from young beer as well as old, soured beer. The challenge is to ‘cut’,...
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Duvel Moortgat


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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Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck


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. When Amandus died suddenly in 1865 his son Emile Van Honsebrouck (1844...
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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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Sint Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren


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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At the latest count there are around 160 breweries in our country. They range from nano, pico and microbreweries to medium and all the way to mega.

Microbreweries are those that produce fewer than 400,000 litres each year. A number of them have taken a conscious decision to work on this small scale, allowing them to avoid the investment spiral that the ambitious brewer has to face sooner or later. In many cases, brewing is something they do on the side. Plenty of niche beers are produced by microbreweries. This makes sense: why would you try to market the umpteenth copy of one of our classic beers? Others do follow tradition – just about – but with a twist that acknowledges their city or region. We have noticed in recent years that many smaller players have started to emphasise the terroir element of their products, using local ingredients wherever possible. In the same spirit, the larger breweries will draw attention to their use of Belgian hops, occasionally a variety they have grown themselves.

The beauty of the Belgian beer scene is that it is so richly varied. Each brewery comes with its own story. The oldest brewery in the country goes back to the 16th century, 15 generations of the same family, and has always occupied the same site. The roots of many established breweries are agricultural. Brewing used to be a winter activity. Farmers would stockpile a supply of beer to be drunk in spring and summer, by themselves or by their seasonal workers. Perhaps some would be sold. In time the brewery in the barn might become more important, to the detriment of farming, and the fields were no longer worked.

One hundred years ago there were far more breweries than today, around 3,500. Every self-respecting town and village had several. They only served their own part of the locality; the area claimed by a competitor would be just a few streets further on. To survive, these hyper-local brewers would need to own several cafés or have a contract to supply them. In those days beer was served primarily on tap, bottles were to make an appearance later. Inevitably this situation caused conflict. Ambitious breweries had their greedy eyes on the cafés owned by their competitors. Following a takeover, it was usual to claim the strongest brands, close down the brewery that had been taken over and build up your own café portfolio. This was a way for the winning brewery to carve out its own space in the café trade of a village, town or region where it had not had a presence before.

Read the brewery stories on these pages and embark on a journey through Belgian beer history. Discover why the monks started brewing beer in their abbeys, how today’s big brands have grown and how breweries that started off in one town or region have now conquered the world.

We started gathering these stories in 2013. It is our ambition to introduce you to as many Belgian breweries – and beers – as we can. Visit Beer Tourism and you will discover new stories on a regular basis. In the meantime, here you will find a good sample of the Belgian brewing landscape, the familiar as well as the niche players. Every story is different.

We hope that you will enjoy your beer even more now you know the motivation behind the brewers, past or present. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a fascinating ride through the world of Belgian beer.



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