Nestled in the picturesque Salzkammergut of northern Austria, Schloss (Castle) Eggenberg is one of Europe’s oldest breweries – built on a history dating back to the 10th century and a family heritage stretching back eight generations.
Be it the brewery’s early days supporting a hospital in the 1400s or its modernization under fifth-generation brewer Charles Leclef, Brouwerij Het Anker’s walls have been witness to six centuries of history and family. Even the post-World War II hanging copper kettles are still used in production to this day.
Brouwerij De Halve Maan, the most visited brewery in Belgium, has been family-owned and operated since 1856, passing through six generations of the family tree. For decades, the family brewers have strived to offer world-class beer, both in quality and taste, whilst remaining true to their traditions, and the art of brewing.
Brasserie Dubuisson is the oldest and most authentic brewery in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, with a history stretching back to 1769 when it was founded by Joseph Leroy, an ancestor on the maternal side of the current owner, Hugues Dubuisson. In between, eight generations of Dubuisson brewers have passed on their skills father to son, and this family-owned brewery remains independent to this day.
With a history stretching back to 1882, Brouwerij Oud Beersel is not only one of the last remaining authentic lambic breweries in Belgium, it’s one of the oldest.
Visit the pastoral countryside around Brussels to discover Wambeek – and Brouwerij De Troch – which produces unique lambic beers, including both traditional styles and a wide array of contemporary fruited lambics.