Cantillon Brewery

Cantillon Brewery
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1900
Founder Paul Cantillon
Marie Troch
Headquarters Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Number of locations
Products Beer
Owner Jean-Pierre van Roy

Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon (or Cantillon Brewery) is a small Belgian traditional family brewery based in Anderlecht, Brussels and founded in 1900. They exclusively brew lambic beers.


The brewery was founded in 1900 by Paul Cantillon, whose father was a brewer as well, and his wife, Marie Troch.[1] As of 2011, the owner is Jean-Pierre van Roy, fourth-generation brewer at Cantillon.[2] Since its foundation the only major change has been a shift to organic ingredients in 1999.[3] Cantillon was one of more than one hundred operating breweries in Brussels at its foundation, and was the only one to remain operational through the 2000s.[1][4] In 2014, van Roy announced that the brewery would be acquiring more maturation space, effectively doubling production by 2016-17.[5]


Gueuze beer

In the traditional lambic style, beers, with a mash bill of 2/3 malted barley and 1/3 unmalted wheat,[1] are spontaneously fermented in open topped attic mounted vats, aged in oak or chestnut, blended (from different batches and ages), bottled, and then bottle conditioned for a year. Half of the brewery's production is gueuze; once a year a batch of kriek is made.[3] For fruit-flavored beers, empty casks are filled with various fruits and macerated for three months to dissolve the fruits; young lambic is added to supply sugar for fermentation.

Gueuze Museum

Cantillon Brewery mash tun, part of the gueuze museum

The brewery also houses the Gueuze Museum.[6] Patricia Schultz listed the brewery and its museum in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 McFarland, Ben (2009). World's Best Beers: One Thousand Craft Brews from Cask to Glass. Sterling. pp. 100–101. ISBN 9781402766947. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. Koch, Greg; Allyn, Matt (2011). The Brewer's Apprentice: An Insider's Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters. Quarry Books. pp. 272–84. ISBN 9781610581592. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Oliver, Garrett; Colicchio, Tom (2011). The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford UP. pp. 216–17. ISBN 9780195367133. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  4. Stange, Joe (7 December 2010). "Brasserie de la Senne Versus the Universe". Draft. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. Nason, Adam. "Cantillon to double production with help of new building". Beer Pulse. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. Brussels Gueuze Museum, europe-cities.
  7. Schultz, Patricia (2011). 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition. Workman. p. 92. ISBN 9780761168713. Retrieved 27 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 50°50′30″N 4°20′07″E / 50.8418°N 4.3353°E / 50.8418; 4.3353

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