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Back in 1996 as the first wave of the American craft beer industry was beginning to fade, two guys in Escondido, California sunk $500,000 into a new brewery.

The Abbey of the Tre Fontane is located in Rome in the sacred place where the martyrdom of St. Paul occurred in 67 AD. The Abbey takes its name from the three fountains (Tre Fontane) which miraculously appeared where the head of the apostle hit the ground in three locations after he was beheaded.

Today the Abbey is surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus trees which were planted by Monks beginning in 1870. They believed eucalyptus had healing qualities that could prevent malaria. In actuality, eucalyptus does not prevent malaria.  However, the trees do require a tremendous amount of water, therefore draining the surrounding swampy terrain. As a result, the mosquitos, which later were determined to be the actual cause of malaria, disappeared as the swamps dried up.

In 1873 with in-depth knowledge of the trees, the Trappist community began production of eucalyptus oils and extracts. These products have antiseptic properties with an intense, aromatic scent and they are also a pleasant digestive.

In early 2000, thanks to the discovery of an ancient beer recipe, the monks began brewing Tre Fontane using the surrounding eucalyptus as a spice.  Several years of intense work have improved the quality, and in May of 2015, Tre Fontane Tripel was awarded the ATP (Authentic Trappist Product) label.

This independent family brewery traces its origins back to 1629. During the French Revolution the plundering French troops burned down the brewery. It was rebuilt by a local farmer in the same year of the destruction, under the slogan "Revolt all you want, but we still need beer here." Through marriage, the Van Eecke family became the masters of the brewery in 1862, where they brewed top fermenting ales. The brewery had only a local significance until well after WW II. With the revival of the authentic local ales in combination with TV and modern marketing in the 1960s, the beers of the brewery became a hot commodity in bars and fine restaurants all around Belgium and Northern France.

Brewery De Brabandere has been a family run brewery in Belgium since its establishment at the turn of the 19th century. Despite the many take-overs and the fusions in the beer sector, their goal is to maintain their independence in order to assure the beer quality and regional identity.

Brewery Van Steenberge is an independent, small Belgian family brewery located in Ertvelde, 15 miles north of Gent on the border of The Netherlands. The brewery has been in the same family since at least 1784 and produces 40,000 barrels annually, mostly high end specialty beers such as Piraat and Gulden Draak.

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