breweries

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.

St. Sylvestre Brewery

Belgium Located in the heart of Flanders situated between 3 hills
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According to the archives of the city hall of Holy Sylvestre Cappel, a brewery existed to the town before the Revolution. In 1860, the brewery was owned by the DEVRIERE family. It changed ownership several times and in 1920, was sold to Rémy RICOUR. Now, three generations of master brewers have developed brewing methods to produce exceptional "biere des gardes".

Traquair House

United Kingdom Central Scotand between Edinburg and Glasgow

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Traquair House
Scotland's oldest inhabited house
1107 - 2008
Dating back to 1107 it was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

When you arrive at Traquair House the entrance is around, rather than through the main gates - and this is why. The Fifth Earl of Traquair, a loyal Jacobite, is associated with one of the most well known episodes in the history of the house; the closing of the Bear Gates. He closed the gates one late autumn day in 1745 after bidding farewell to his guest, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, with a promise that they would not be opened until the Stuarts were restored to the throne. They have remained closed ever since.

The brewery was originally an 18th century domestic brewery producing beer for the house and estate workers. It was disused some time after 1800 but the vessels and equipment remained untouched until it was rediscovered in 1965. Traquair House brewery was founded in 1965 by Peter Maxwell Stuart, the 20th Laird of Traquair. Since his death in 1990, the brewery has been managed by his daughter, Lady Catherine Maxwell Stuart.

Today Traquair is a unique piece of living history welcoming visitors from all over the world, providing a magical and romantic setting for weddings, hosting a wide range of summer events and a superb venue for corporate groups. You can even stay here in the luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation

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