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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.
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.
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 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.