Successful installation of new brewery in Bruges


Successful installation of new brewery in Bruges

On Wednesday, 1 July, Bruges was turned upside down for the spectacular installation for Bourgogne des Flandres, a new brewery, on the Kartuizerinnestraat, where a new brewery and brasserie-type restaurant will soon open their doors. A gigantic crane was used to tilt the installation over the water and place it on the roof of the brewery. The event attracted a lot of curiosity seekers. The brewery installation will be adjusted during the summer months so that a first brew can be enjoyed in September. If everything goes according to plan, the site will be completely ready to welcome beer lovers from Bruges and elsewhere in 2016.

Bourgogne des Flandres is brewed by Bruges denizen Thomas Vandelanotte who, after undergoing intensive training at the Timmermans Brewery, is more than ready to become the new Bruges-based brewer of this special beer. Thomas:  "Beer is a hobby that has come to take up all of my time. I have been working in the beer world in Bruges for years, as a member of the board of the non-profit association BAB vzw, and as a regular participant in the activities of another non-profit association, ‘t Hamerken vzw.  Thanks to these two associations, I discovered that there were dozens of brewers in the downtown Bruges in the 1960s. As a Bruges native, I have passed ever so often by those forgotten places where the breweries once flourished, on foot, by bike, etc. So I consider it a great honour to revive one of those gems, Bourgogne des Flandres, in the city of its birth and to brew the beer in the centre of Bruges.”

Anthony Martin, CEO John Martin: “We are particularly proud to be able to bring this fine beer back to Bruges. The bond with our hometown has been fully re-established with our new Bruges brewer.  We have the fullest confidence in the future of Bourgogne des Flandres. And the establishment of a new brewery in Bruges is the best proof of that.”

Bourgogne des Flandres was brewed in Bruges by the Van Houtryve family in the Den Os brewery. At a certain moment, two Bruges breweries were brewing the beer at the same time: Pierre Van Houtryve in Den Os and his brother Etienne Van Houtryve in Brouwerij La Marine. In 1957, Pierre Van Houtryve closed the Den Os brewery in the Raamstraat, after 6 generations. Yet, Bourgogne des Flanders has always continued to exit. It was his son, Michel Van Houtryve, who brought the brewing showpiece under other family breweries. In the 1980s, it came under the Timmermans lambic brewery, and later under John Martin. Today, only the cellars of the Bourgondisch Cruyce and the Feys-Vanacker wine business still recall that brewery’s past. But with the opening of the new brewery, the beer is coming back home just a stone’s throw away from its original birth place, after more than 60 years.