From that wellspring of beer creativity known as Belgium, in the hamlet of Peizegem, Boschkant, in Brabant, you’ll find the Brouwerij (brewery) De Block. The brewery’s pedigree can be traced back to the 14th century when the area’s first brewing guilds gained popularity. In these medieval times, Henricus De Bloc had already obtained the right to brew, as a vassal of the Duke of Brabant and Burgundy. He passed on his craft to his children and through the generations, the De Bloc family became a well known family of brewers. However it was hundreds of years later that Louis De Bloc would provide the official start for the brewery De Block. With lots of help from the family, ample ambition, persistence and a true love for the art of brewing, the brewery he founded in 1887 flourished.
The brewery and brewing operations have been controlled by the De Block family for generations now. The protected natural environs and the location of the brewery De Block, coupled with the pristine raw materials, unspoiled hop and malt growing lands, devotion, patience and skill have all kept this brewery going for nearly 120 years now. Throughout their many years of experience, they have placed special emphasis upon the process of selecting the finest flavors and varieties of locally grown hops, malts, grains and spices. They even use the brewery’s own yeast culture, which has been maintained using traditional and, these days, scientifically refined methods. It is in this way that their yeast line functions as a sort of bridge through time, forming the basis for maintaining their tradition of delicious beers from the one generation to another—or as they say “an endless connection from young to old.” Quite literally, descendants of the original yeast cells used to create Brouwerij De Block’s first beers in the 1800’s are at work today making beer—which is itself brewed by descendents of the De Block family.
The Brouwerij De Block is a member of The Artisanal Belgian Family Brewers of Flanders group, which was founded in an effort to bring Belgium’s unique range of tastes and flavors to the attention of the entire world. A number of small breweries that make authentic and original cultural beers in Flanders—in collaboration with Export Vlaanderen—set up this joint initiative for international promotion, participation at foreign trade fairs and for maintaining contacts with importers. The group aims to disseminate the true Belgian beer culture and the authentic craftsmanship of the small private breweries that put their hearts and souls into producing these widely praised beers. It is in part due to their participation in this group that we can now bring you one of De Block’s most famous beers—Satan Red—a beer that has been notoriously difficult to find in the US.
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