History

1880

Henri Vandervelden

Active as fruit picker and worker at the brewery De Kroon in Ukkel/Uccle

1882

Henri Vandervelden

Building of the own brewery and the cart shed

1922

Egidius Vandervelden

Son Egidius marries the daughter of a farmer and cheese maker

1922

Egidius Vandervelden

Egidius transforms the farm and establishes the brewery in that building

1926

Henri Vandervelden II

Birth of Henri Vandervelden II

1930

Egidius Vandervelden

First brewery with sweetened, pasteurized Kriek in bottles with crown cap

1934

Egidius Vandervelden

The farm and the cart shed were converted to a pub which was run by one of the daughters until 1988

1941-1945

Egidius Vandervelden

Further development of the own brewing equipment with second hand material

1941-1945

Egidius Vandervelden

Since the use of wheat was prohibited during the war, lambic was brewed on the basis of sugar beets and a small part of wheat

1948

Henri Vandervelden II

Graduates as brewer at the Institut National des Industries de Fermentation (Ceria)

1953

Egidius Vandervelden

Death of Egidius

1953

Henri Vandervelden II

Takes over his father’s brewery operations

1954

Henri Vandervelden II

Boost of the brewing capacity to 50 hl per brew

1954

Henri Vandervelden II

The brewery receives the name Oud Beersel as a reaction against the new city of Brussels.

1959

Henri Vandervelden II

Purchase of an Opel Blitz truck

1973

Henri Vandervelden II

Equips Oud Beersel as the first living brewery museum of Belgium

1981

Henri Vandervelden II

Test Aankoop (consumer organization): Highest rating / No saccharin in the beer

1986

Henri Vandervelden II

Foundation of the fraternity Tastegeuze Broederschap

1988

Henri Vandervelden II

Due to the high-priced bottling equipment, the bottling is outsourced to the Brewery Boon

1988

Danny Draps

Takes over the pub “Het bierhuis” from his mother, situated next to the brewery

1991

Henri Vandervelden II

Henri retires

1991

Danny Draps

Danny takes over the brewery operations

1991

Danny Draps

The wort production is partly outsourced to the Brewery Boon

2002-12-24

Danny Draps

The brewery activities and the pub are discontinued

2003-01-31

Henri Vandervelden II

Launches a call to find a successor for the brewery

2005-11-25

Gert Christiaens & Roland De Bus

Reopening of the Brewery Oud Beersel and launch of the Bersalis beer

2006-01-18

Gert Christiaens & Roland De Bus

Oud Beersel joins HORAL (High Council for Artisanal Lambic style beers)

2006-05-25

Gert Christiaens & Roland De Bus

The first limited production of Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek is sold

2007-03-16

Gert Christiaens & Roland De Bus

Official relaunch of the Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek Oud Beersel

2007-03-19

VZW De Geuzen van Oud Beersel

Foundation of the NPO De Geuzen van Oud Beersel (beer minded epicureans)

2007-07-18

Roland De Bus

Roland resigns as general manager

2007-07-30

Gert Christiaens

Oude Geuze Oud Beersel is voted the World’s Best Gueuze beer by the magazine “Beers of the World”

2007-04-01

Jos Christiaens

Jos Christiaens joins as unpaid general manager

2007-10-14

Gert en Jos Christiaens

Oud Beersel celebrates its 125th anniversary

2007-11-22

Gert en Jos Christiaens

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