A satisfied Omer-Jean Vander Ghinste and the construction team in front of the shell of the new brewing hall. The topping-out ceremony of the shell of Omer Vander Ghinste's new brewing hall took place on Wednesday afternoon. This is a symbolic custom to thank the workers and protect the project against bad luck.
The new brewing hall is being built on the triangle of the Kortestraat, Kwabrugstraat and Rollegemsestraat in Bellegem. The hall will have a capacity of 180,000 hectolitres per year, which is the equivalent of about 72 million glasses of beer. The 7 million euro investment will enable the brewery to continue expanding. There is significant growth potential for the brewery's flagship beers (Omer, LeFort and Triple LeFort) in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. And outside Europe, its Kriek des Jacobins, Cuvée des Jacobins and Vander Ghinste Rood Bruin beers, matured in oak barrels, are forging ahead, including in Asia.
The new brewing hall will have five stainless steel brewing vessels and four silos for malted barley and hops. The works will be completed in April 2018. The architecture, with a classic brown-red stone, was specifically chosen to blend in with the village centre of Bellegem. The current brewing hall, dating from 1947, will be converted into an interactive visitor centre.