Beer of the Gods

beer-of-the-godsFounded in 1791 before Belgium even existed, Brouwerij Bosteels celebrates its 222nd birthday this year. High time we paid a visit.

You enter Brouwerij Bosteels in Buggenhout through a passage too narrow for photographer Rob Mitchell and I to fit comfortably. This is the original brewer’s house, now a listed building. We check in at a tiny frosted reception window, and minutes later are admitted to a large and airy salon, no longer in use, containing a table and some chairs, and a grand piano. The walls are lined with portraits of generations of the Bosteels family, from ancestor Evarist in powdered wig up to bespectacled Ivo, father of the incumbent Antoine who greets us.

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