The family Boelens, whose brewery is based in the village of Belsele, has been brewing beer since the mid 1800’s, in the Waasland region of Belgium. This is the agricultural area southwest of Antwerp, on the west side of the Scheld River.
Since centuries on the Western side of Wallonia, the large farms of Hainaut were cultivating barley and hops. They all brewed their own beer. Today, the cultivation of hops has disappeared and the brewing activity became an independent activity about 160 years ago. Brasserie, which is the french word for brewery, de Silly is a perfect example of this evolution.
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In August 1894 Adolphe De Brabandere, farmer at the "Hof ter Koutere" submitted an application with the town council of Bavikhove for permission to “build a brewery”.
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The brewery was created in 1995 by Eric Bedoret on his parents farm in the South West of the Ardennes region. Since the farmers in Europe have many problems to survive, they try to find new ways to provide a fair income for their families.
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This brewery was created in 2000 by 4 brew-engineers, after being graduated from KaHo St. Lieven in Gent, the best known brewing school of Flanders. Their names: Kristof De Roo, Rikkert Maertens, Stefaan Soetemans and Sven Suys. Just out of school, it was soon pretty clear to them that brew-master jobs are not easy to get in the Belgian beer world.
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This independent family brewery traces its origins back to 1629, when, for the first time, a document mentioned the local castle was adjacent to a brewery. Indeed, at that time, the noble family living in the castle secured the right to call themselves the "Earls of Watou".
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The beginnings of brewery Van Honsebrouck can be traced to Werken, where Amandus Van Honsebrouck (1811-1865) was mayor and ran a farmstead with dairy farm, brewery and distillery. He was married to Virginie Carbonnez with whom, like a good Catholic, he had no fewer than fourteen children, many of whom were destined to become active in the brewery trade.
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Like many others of its kind, this brewery originated from a ploughland farm, that was also engaged in brewing beer for its own consumption.
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