Construction of the largest independent brewery in the Waasland has started
The new craft beer brewery from The Musketeers will be ready in the spring of 2019.
The Belgian brewery The Musketeers, which has been scoring nationally and internationally for years with its Troubadour beers, has today started the construction of a new brewery on the former brickyard in Sint-Gillis-Waas. The brewery must become a new tourist attraction for the Waasland. Today the foundation stone was laid in the presence of Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sport Philippe Muyters and the mayor of Sint-Gillis-Waas Chris Lippens. With a brewery installation of 50 hectoliters, it immediately becomes the largest independent brewery in the Waasland.
High quality requirements
After years of searching for a suitable location for the new brewery of The Musketeers, the brewers' eye fell on the old brick factory in Reepstraat in Sint-Gillis-Waas in 2016. Now, two years later, construction work has started. “We are very proud that we are now standing here as a 100% independent brewery. We have become known for our Troubadour beers and the high quality requirements that we always impose on ourselves. We have also continued these high demands in the construction of our new brewery. ”
The bar is set high with a brewery hall of the renowned German Rolec. Rolec has previously installed brewing rooms at, among others, Brew Dog (Scotland), Meantime (UK), Lagunitas (US) and the Belgian Sint-Bernardus. It is possible to brew 50 hectoliters per batch, equivalent to around 20,000 glasses of Troubadour. A fully automatic filling machine fills and subsequently processes 6,000 bottles per hour. The brewery is currently brewing 8000 hectoliters per year. Within three years, The Musketeers wants to almost double that volume and produce 15,000 hectoliters of beer per year.
Tourist attraction in the Waasland
The new brewery is located next to the grounds of the Wase Golf and close to the junctions of walking and cycling routes in the Waasland. The brewery is also provided with a catering business where tourists with a heart for Belgian specialty beers can go. In cooperation with the tourist services and local organizations, plenty of cycling and walking routes and weekend arrangements are being worked out. The brewery expects to attract 25,000 visitors every year.
Strategic transformation aid from Flanders
The total investment of the project amounts to 8 million euros and already provides 10 extra jobs in the region at the opening. The Musketeers Brewery can count on subsidies from the Flemish government through the "Strategic Transformation Support" program. This support is for SMEs and large companies that want to realize a strategic transformation project individually or jointly.
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