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.