Good Fortune

good-fortuneThe man behind Malheur and how he turned the tide

For someone who started out as a kid picking hops in the family fields, Emmanuel “Manu” De Landtsheer has done pretty well for himself. These days, sampling Cuban cigars and sipping Champagne beer belong to his list of preferred activities. But he works as hard as he plays, evidence of which is the success of Malheur Brewery, which he brought back to life in 1997.

“One-third of this town was once the brewery,” De Landtsheer says of his beloved Buggenhout, a town near Dendermonde in East Flanders. “There have been coins found which show that a tax was being paid on beer brewed here as early as 1200.”

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