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Oud Beersel, Beersel

Laarheidestraat 230
Tel.: +32 2 680 79 54
info [at] oudbeersel [dot] com

Production 2200 hl (2020)
Export / local market 30 % / 70 %
Employment 5
Sales at the brewery every Saturday from 9 AM till 2 PM, except on public holidays, or during weekday on appointment

At the end of 2005, Gert Christiaens revived the defunct Oud Beersel brewery, with the aim of protecting traditional lambic beers for future generations.

When Gert and his friends ordered their favorite beer, the Oud Beersel Oude Geuze, in 2003 at the Brussels pub Le Zageman, the innkeeper told them that these were the last bottles and that the brewery had closed its doors. Gert, however, had a talk with the old brewmaster of Oud Beersel, Henri Vandervelden. When Henri reached retirement age, his cousin Danny Draps took over the helm and ran the brewery for another 12 years. At the end of 2002, the curtain fell on Oud Beersel, as well as on the old pub next to the brewery, the Bierhuis Oud Beersel.

Thanks to the launch of Bersalis Tripel, Oud Beersel was able to restart at the end of 2005. The beer provided the necessary financial means to support the investments in traditional lambic production. Over the years, substantial investments were made in the old brewery building and the stock of lambic in wooden barrels.

Before the closure of the brewery at the end of 2002, 50 percent of the wort was produced on site. The other half was produced externally according to the Oud Beersel recipe. When Oud Beersel was rebooted, it could no longer use the old brewing equipment. As a result, all wort is brewed externally according to the Oud Beersel recipe. For the production of its lambic beers, Oud Beersel only uses its own lambic. The lambic ferments and ages at Oud Beersel in wooden barrels and casks. In total, Oud Beersel has 3100 hectoliters of beer in wooden barrels.

In addition to the classic range of beers, including the traditional Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek and the Bersalis beers, Oud Beersel also made special lambic beer editions, such as Green Walnut, the BZART series of sparkling lambic beers, and infusions with lambic. In 2018, Oud Beersel launched the Beer Box, a pressure-resistant bag-in-box for lambic.

Until 1954, the brewery was called Vandervelden, named after the family that ran the brewery for 4 generations. It is the third generation brewer who decided to change the name to Oud Beersel, as a protest against what he called the 'new Brussels' at the time. In honor of the founder, an Oude Geuze Vandervelden was marketed in 2017.

Oud Beersel joined HORAL in 2006 and has since then been at the forefront of cooperation between lambic producers with the aim of promoting and protecting traditional lambic beers. In 2019 Gert Christiaens took over as chairman of HORAL.

The Bierhuis Oud Beersel, which was sold at the time and served as a flower shop, reopened its doors in 2022. It is a meeting place for lambic lovers and the start of a new step in the history of Oud Beersel.

Discover here which beers Oud Beersel still makes, in addition to its Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek.