Dubuisson Brewery History
Joseph Leroy never intended to open a brewery. The original founder of Brasserie Dubuisson was content brewing beer in his mid-eighteenth century Ghissegnies Castle for his friends and local farmers. The Austrian Holy Roman Empress – ruler of the land as Belgium wasn’t yet a country – was not so content on castle breweries being exempt from paying taxes. She levied a high tax on castle breweries, but Leroy successfully outwitted her and her tax. He established himself as a small independent farmer-brewer, moving production across the road. Brasserie Dubuisson still stands on that very ground, nurtured for nearly two centuries by the Dubuisson family, whose only desire was to share their beer with locals, until 1931.
In 1931, Alfred Dubuisson set loftier sites for his family’s brewery. He closed the farm to focus on brewing full-time and, together with his brother, launched Brasserie Dubuisson. Two years later, they produced a Belgium degustation beer, much in the style of the English beers of the day. The Dubuisson brothers named their beer Bush Beer, known in the U.S. as Scaldis Beer so as not to be confused with the American lager, Busch Beer. Eighty years later, unchanged, Scaldis remains one of the oldest Belgium brands on the market.
Since its inception in 1769, Brasserie Dubuisson has survived Napoleon’s armies and two requisitions by the Germans. Yet the family has weathered it all, remaining committed to producing an authentic, 100% natural beer for the world to enjoy.
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