Dreaming big

issue4-015Everything about Wilderen brewery and distillery is larger. The pub is like a gigantic wooden tent with room for 180 people. There’s a terrace for 500 more, and this is the only  brewery in Flanders with a playground for the kids.

There’s a little bit of everything – a hop plantation, where they grow the hops used in the  Double You gin, just one of the 21 spices and aromatics in the recipe. The distillery looks  like the laboratory of a mad professor, all gleaming glass and copper. The brewery is housed in old brick buildings, but it’s state-of-the-art equipment, producing Wilderen  Gold, Kannunik Tripel and Cuvee Clarisse.