Brouwerij De Brabandere

Brouwerij De Brabandere

Belgium

"We can’t forget about the social role that beer is playing in the community."

What’s in a name? 

Just in time before the snow started to fall we arrived in Bavikhove for a visit to Brouwerij De Brabandere. We met up with Albert De Brabandere, the fifth generation that took over the family run business in 2013. The brewery was founded in 1894 by farmer Adolphe De Brabandere and had some name changes over the years. When Jozef took over the brewery in the beginning of the 20th century things really took off and he changed the name into Saint Anthony. Obviously business quieted down during the First and Second World War. Not long after the end of World War II Jozef’s son Albert gave the business another boost again and reverted the name back to Brouwerij De Brabandere. But you guessed it, when Albert’s two sons, Ignace and Vincent took over the reins in the 1970’s they changed the name again. For over four decades its was Brouwerij Bavik that gained popularity and so did their beers. Albert is now the fifth generation to run the business. He took over in 2013 and it won’t be a surprise anymore… he changed the name back to the original, Brouwerij De Brabandere.

Brouwerij De Brabandere in Bavikhove.

The beers of Brouwerij De Brabandere

While for a long time mainly producing amber beers, a pils was introduced to the range of beers in the 1970’s. As Albert explains, Bavik Super Pils is made by using aroma hops only and although the beer is clear, it doesn’t get pasteurized. It sits in a cold storage for thirty days, time is an essential factor in producing this quality beer. And it must be said, we never tasted a pils quite like it! Around the same time another beer was introduced and this range of Petrus sour beers managed to gain worldwide attention. It was beer connoisseur Michael Jackson that persuaded Albert’s father Ignace to put the original ‘mother beer’ from the foeders on the market, the Aged Pale. The demand for Petrus beer grew so much, they eventually had to upscale the foeder hall to 36 foeders. Another well known beer brand produced at De Brabandere brewery is Kwaremont, named after the steep cobbled road that is part of the cycle race Tour of Flanders. Wieze is another beer brand that goes way back in time and was acquired by De Brabandere. Some other brands are Wittekerke White and Rosé beer, Ezel (blond beer) and the recent Brewmaster’s Selection.

Visiting

The brewery recently opened its Brouwershuys (Brewershouse) in 2019, part of the residence of brewmaster Chris and his wife Jeanine. For the first time in 125 years the brewery wil be open for visitors three days a week. Brewmaster Chris himself will give you a tour so now you can experience the dream that Adolphe De Brabandere cherished when he turned the farm into a brewery. In the brew hall you can see for yourself how tradition and innovation go hand in hand here. A must visit for beer lovers in general and beer loving cyclists in particular as the brewery is also the sponsor of several well-known cycle races in Belgium.

Petrus Aged Pale, straight from the foeder at Brouwerij De Brabandere.

Region

Brouwerij De Brabandere is located in Bavikhove not far from the city of Kortrijk, in the region of the river Leie. The area is mostly flat so excellent for hiking and biking with a large cycle route network. The city of Kortrijk is only 10 kilometers from Bavikhove and well worth a visit with its great market square, 16th century town hall, Sint-Maartens church and two fortified towers named the Broeltorens. Explore the best beer bars like the Gainsbar on the Vlasmarkt 1 which probably has the best and longest beer list. Also Staminee den Boulevard on the Groeningelaan 15 has a good selection. If you enjoy a truly authentic experience make sure you visit ’t Fonteintje in the Handboogstraat 12, one of the oldest bars in Kortijk. Because these three are local bars they don’t even have a website, that’s why we added the addresses. 

Rijksweg 33
B-8531 Bavikhove
Belgium

+32 56 71 90 91

Additional features

Grouptours 20+ persons on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
Small groups and individuals only on Wednesday 14:30hrs
Tours in Dutch French and English
Tours by appointment - check website form
Free parking
Gift shop

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