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technical visits

You can take part in one of these technical visits:

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Westmalle | Brouwerij Anders! | Brouwerij Haacht

 

The technical visits are organized on the last day of the symposium.
The organized bus transport leaves the campus at 9.00 AM
The visits will take about half a day.

We kindly ask you to mention it on your registration form if you make use of the bus transport.

 
 
Westmalle Brewery
www.trappistwestmalle.be
   

On 22 April 1836 the monastery became a Trappist abbey. Since then the monks have been able to drink the popular beverage of the region with their meals. And in Flanders that is... beer.
Thus in the same year abbot Martinus Dom started construction of a small brewery. On 10 December 1836 they served their first brew of Trappist beer at lunch.

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For many years the abbey only brewed for its own needs. Only as of 1856 did the monks sell some beer at the gate now and again. Demand increased year on year, until the brewery had to expand in 1865 and 1897.

In 1921, the monks decided to sell their beer to the beer trade, whereby sales increased further. In the early ‘30s, a new brewing hall, yeast room and workshop came into use. Some buildings of the current brewery date from this period.
The bottling plant was modernised in 1956, and in 1968 the abbey obtained its own water treatment plant, long before there was any legal requirement for it. In 1991, they invested in a computer-controlled brewing hall. If it improves the quality, then they are happy to use new technologies.