breweries

Brouwerij Cornelissen (formerly Sint Jozef)

Belgium
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The Cornelissen family first started brewing beer in the early 1800s, in Jan Mathijs Cornelissen’s brewery in Gerdingen. In 1859 Jozef Cornelissen was born and it was he who led the brewery through some very tough times. The brewery stayed within the family and in 2004 the 6th generation of the Cornelissen family took the helm and in 2014 renamed the brewery Brouwerij Cornelissen

Brouwerij de Halve Maan

Belgium Brugse

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Since 1856, six generations have steered the brewery with one single goal in mind: offer superior beer both in quality and in taste while respecting the traditional brewery art but the history can be traced back through the town’s register when Henri I owned the property and the existence of a brewery on it. Henri II and his brother then took over in 1867 until their death in 1905 when their widows continued the brewery’s production. In 1919, Henri III took control of the brewery and bought the adjacent brewery “Brugge Zeehaven”. Henri IV daughter ran the brewery in the 1980’s successfully launching the Straffe Hendrik line of beers. Her son, Xavier, moderized the brewery and launched Brugse Zot. Today Brugse Zot is the one and only beer really brewed in Bruges' town center and Straffe Hendrik is the last authentic Tripel Ale of Brugges. All beers have re-fermentation in the bottle which creates a beer which can be stored over a number of years, with an ever-changing and ever-improving taste as a result.

Brouwerij de Troch

Belgium Wambeek (Ternat)

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A unique Belgian artisan beer brewery of fruit beers that started more then 100 years ago. Brewery De Troch is a pioneers is his work, making one of a kind Gueuzes, Faros and Lambic fruit beers.

GUEUZE and KRIEK are brewed by age-old methods which depend on spontaneous fermentation and ripening. In the first stage a mixture of malt, wheat and water is prepared. During the process, the starch is transformed into sugars suitable for fermentation. The mixing is repeated several times over. A liquid is obtained by filtering the mix. This is the wort, which ultimately becomes beer. Matured hops are added to the wort, which is then boiled for 4 to 5 hours so that it reaches a density of 5 Belgian degrees. After boiling the by now useless hop buds are removed. The wort is then cooled in shallow vats. The outside air is allowed to pass freely over the large open vats. This air is essential to the brewing method, as it contains the micro-organisms which give LAMBIC its unique flavour. For this reason LAMBIC brewing is a seasonal activity (October to end April). The cool wort is then run into tubs before being directly transferred to casks. A few days later the main fermentation process becomes evident with the appearance of foam in the bung holes. The beer is then allowed to ripen on oaken casks which hold about 650 litres each. This is the true spontaneously fermented LAMBIC.

By mixing young (one-year old) Lambic with older Lambic a second spontaneous fermentation in the bottle is obtained. The result is called GEUZE. When our cherries are added to the casks of Lambic a drink is obtained after about 5 months called KRIEK, which has a very special flavour and a red colour. FARO is another traditional specialty, and is obtained by sweetening the spontaneously fermented Lambic with crystallized sugar. After bottling, both GEUZE and KRIEK are stocked for 7 to 8 months in the cellars of the brewery so that they can continue to ferment further in the bottle. GEUZE and KRIEK for a couple of years in your own cellar - just like any good French wine.

Brouwerij Rodenbach

Belgium
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The Rodenbachs moved from Andernach am Rhein to Roeselare in West Flanders. Pedro Rodenbach took part in Napoleon’s Russian campaign and was instrumental in the Belgian revolution in 1830, which led to an independent Belgium. Constantijn Rodenbach was the author of the “Brabançonne”, the Belgian national anthem.

In 1836, Pedro Rodenbach, together with his entrepreneurial wife Regina Wauters, founded the brewery. However, it is Eugène Rodenbach whom RODENBACH has to thank for its unique quality and masterful character. Not only did he study the vinification of beer, but also optimised the maturation process in oak casks, or “foeders” (maturation casks).

The world-renowned cask halls with their 294 oak casks, some of which are 150 years old, are protected as part of the industrial heritage of the Flemish Community. As part of its efforts to protect Belgium’s beer heritage, PALM Breweries became steward of RODENBACH Brewery. The building complex and the cask halls were restored

Brouwerij Sterkens

Belgium

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Since 1651, Brouwerij Sterkens has been brewing traditional, delicious abbey beers of high fermentation in Meer, a small village in the north of Belgium.

Brewed according to tradition and old recipes, complimented by knowledge and experience obtained from past decades, are still the biggest assets in the brewing process of Brouwerij Sterkens.

Brouwerij Timmermans - John Martins

Belgium

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Settling in Belgium in 1909, the famous British master brewer John Martin said “only connoisseurs can appreciate beers like mine”. Now, every second of the day and night, two of their finest beers are savoured by lovers of finest Ales somewhere in the world!

John Martin interests include Timmermans, Waterloo, Bourgogne des Flandres to name a few.

Timmermans - The World’s oldest Lambic Brewery – 300 years old

Waterloo - This 100% natural craft beer originated in one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, the “Brasserie du Marché” (Market Brewery) in Braine-L’Alleud (Waterloo), which was founded in 1456.

Bourgogne des Flandres - The Bourgogne des Flandres beers are quintessential products of Belgian brewing

Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Belgium Meetjesland, Lindenlaan in the center of Ertvelde

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In 1874, Jean-Baptist De Bruin set up a brewery next to his farm, under the name De Peer. Around 1900, the province of East Flanders had 664 breweries. In 1932, that number had more than halved and only 306 remained, of which 21 were in the Meetjesland.

Now, only one brewery remains active today: Brouwerij Van Steenberge, which is located on the beautiful Lindenlaan in the center of Ertvelde.

Today Paul Van Steenberge (II) heads the brewery. He entered the family business in 1978 and in 1985 took over the management from his father.

The Brewery Van Steenberge is synonym for independence, progress and growth. It focuses on traditional brewing techniques that have evolved on the rhythm of technological evolutions. It guarantees a reliable quality and service. Respect for the staff and the environment occupy a central position in the policy.

de Koningshoeven Trappist Brewery

Netherlands

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De Koningshoeven Brewery (Brouwerij de Koningshoeven) is a Dutch Trappist brewery founded in 1884 within the walls of the abbey Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven in Berkel-Enschot, the Netherlands.

'La Trappe', the name of the beer brewed in Koningshoeven, was the first Trappist beer in The Netherlands. Only beer brewed in a Trappist monastery under the supervision and responsibility of the monks may be called 'Trappist beer'. La Trappe is brewed according to traditional methods, from a recipe developed by the Trappist monks of Koningshoeven, using only natural ingredients and water drawn from its own well in the beer. The beer top fermented and bottle conditioned, which allows the fermentation process to continue in the bottle giving La Trappe a unique aroma.

The Brewery De Koningshoeven markets five special beers under the brand name La Trappe. In USA and Canada 'La Trappe' is marketed as 'Koningshoeven Trappist Ale'.

Dupont Brewery

Belgium Tourpes (Leuze-en-Hainaut), in the centre of West-Hainaut

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Originally dating from 1759, the brewing has been going on since 1844. In 1920 Louis Dupont, an agricultural engineer, was tempted to purchase a farming estate in Canada. In order to keep him in Belgium his father, Alfred Dupont, bought him the Rimaux-Deridder farm-brewery, well known for its honey-flavoured beer "Bière de Miel".

From 1920 onwards, the Dupont brewery has remained an independent company, producing high quality, specialty and innovative beers while keeping traditional manufacturing processes alive. All beers are top fermented and refermented in the bottle.

Oud Beersel Brewery

Belgium

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Since 1882, Lambic Beers have been brewed in the Oud Beersel brewery, using time-honored techniques. Today, 125 years after its foundation, the Oud Gueuze of Oud Beersel has been voted the world's best Lambic/Gueuze beer. Traditional products reflect our rich history and culture and provide increased enjoyment through their pronounced and complex tastes. At Oud Beersel brewery, we continue to fight for the preservation of our cultural inheritance and for the revival of old traditions.

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