La Durboyse from 1986 to 2018
In 1983, André Sarlet started working in the tourism sector. In this capacity, he attended many trade fairs and promoted his region, Ourthe & Aisne, situated to the north of the province of Luxembourg. Beer is also considered a conduit of communication. In 1986, while Belgium was celebrating the year of beer, André set up a partnership with the Lefebvre brewery in Quenast. He offered a traditionally-brewed beer to cafe and restaurant owners from the Durbuy region with a rich blonde colour with the attractive name of La Durboyse.
In 1987, during the third festival of cartoons, a new type of beer was added to the blonde - the Durboyse brown.
However, drinkers had to wait until 1996 to taste Durboyse Triple.
2019 new tastes, new partnership
By the end of 2018, after 33 years of close collaboration with the Lefebvre brewery, the partnership came to an end.
Since 1 January 2019, beer brewing based on new recipes was handed over to the MINNE brewery which had just been set up in the northern industrial estate of Baillonville, 10 minutes from the small town of Durbuy.
The MINNE brewery from 1938 to 2018
Three generations ago in 1938, great grandfather Joseph Minne was already brewing beer in Ypres in Flanders. This passion for brewing was then transmitted to the grandfather and then to Philippe who has carried on this brewing tradition to the present day. Philippe Minne, who comes from the Condroz region, trained as an engineer. From a very early age, he was brewing beer in pots and pans! But it was 26 January 2008 that he produced his first commercialised beer under the trade name ‘Trouffette blonde’. One year later, the brewery in Bastogne came into being producing new beers created by Philippe with his own recipes. Malt, hops, yeast, all the ingredients are carefully chosen and added. In 2018, the brewery left Bastogne and set up in Baillonville.
Une bière brassée avec savoir se déguste avec sagesse.