The new premises of Brasserie de la Senne in Molenbeek, across the canal from the city centre, are massive and half-empty. The company, founded by keen home-brewers Yvan de Baets and Bernard Leboucq, moved here in 2010 after years of working like cuckoos in the nest of a small brewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. They installed everything from electricity to drains themselves, and turned out their first batch in December of that year.
The dream was always to become a local Brussels brewery, De Baets explains, and now they’ve achieved that, and the huge warehouse leaves plenty of room for expansion. “Yes, that was the idea. We just increased production by 20% two months ago. But we don’t want to change the timing and the process, so the only thing we can do is to buy more tanks and hire more people.
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