Nowadays, as a brewery, you have to be able to walk a tightrope — the balancing act between tradition, the traditional art of brewing, recipes passed down from generation to generation, and innovation. The beer taste of modern people is constantly changing and has never before changed as rapidly as it is doing almost every hour today. After centuries of beer consisting only of hops, malt, water and yeast, the possibilities today are almost limitless. Everything goes and is allowed, what tastes good. Kasteel Brouwerij Van Honsebrouk is a brewery that perfectly masters the interplay of present and tradition.
According to the company, it is the most modern brewery in Europe and goes back to founding father Amandus Vanhonsebrouk. He was the mayor of the Belgian town of Werken and, in addition to his work in the town hall, ran a dairy farm with an attached brewery and distillery. After his sudden death, his son Emile was to take over the company. He moved to his parents' house with bag and baggage and his family. It went well for a while, but then the disagreements between his wife and his mother increased. In 1900 they had enough and left their parents' farm to found their own brewery. They settled in Ingelmunster, the home of Emile's wife Louise, and opened the Sint Jozef brewery. Because Emile turned out to be a bad brewery boss, Louise took over the scepter and, after the work was done, passed the company on to two of her sons. The brothers expanded the economic success of the brewery and its premises several times and led the company through the Second World War unscathed. Luc Vanhonsebrouk represented the third generation of his family and gave the brewery its current name. He put the focus on Bacchus, Gueuze and Kriek and thus significantly set the brewery apart from the competition. With this move, Van Honsebrouk secured a place on the global beer market.
The next generation of the family is now at the helm. Xavier continues the legacy of his family and in 2016 made the decision to close the brewery in Ingelmunster. Before moving to the new halls, the businessman has to accept an investment of 40 million euros and a construction period of two years. The reward for the financial commitment and his patience is the most modern brewery in Europe. From now on, Van Honsebrouk will produce from a sustainable point of view and work every day to reduce its own ecological footprint. The range consists of a subtly curated selection of aromatic specialty beers, ranging from juicy fruit beers and sour beers with a strong character to Belgian classics .
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