Founded in the the municipality of Beersel, Belgium in the 1880s, Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen began its existence as a cafe and geuzestekerij, a place where young and old lambics acquired from other breweries are blended together to produce gauze. This changed in 1953, when the establishment was purchased from the mayor of Beersel, Jean-Baptiste Denaeyer, by Gaston Debelder. Upon his retirement in 1982, the enterprise was then left to his two sons Guido and Armand, who continue to run it to this day.
Upland Brewing Co. is located in good ol’ Midwest, USA, or more specifically, Bloomington, Ind. They are very much known for their fruited Lambic Series and hold lotteries each month to have the opportunity to purchase different allotments of whatever they are releasing. They began brewing them in 2006 to show their appreciation of the traditional lambic-inspired beers and Upland is quick to note that this is its Indiana version of this popular Belgium style.
First released in 2003, Belgium-based Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck St. Louis Pêche is a 2.6 percent ABV lambic blend, based on a traditional gueze and brewed with peach juice, water, barley malt, unmalted wheat, peach juice, sugar, hops before being aged in oak barrels. It is sold year-round in both 12.7-ounce bottles.
In 2008, Allagash Brewing Co. built one of the first commercial koelschip—or coolship, as it is known in America—in the country. In simple terms, a coolship is a large, shallow steel pan about a foot deep that is used to both cool down wort after it is brewed and to expose the resulting concoction to naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria that are in the air. This is a traditional method used in Belgium, and very few U.S. breweries have the expertise, time or money needed to work with one.
Founded in 2006 by a math teacher, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and a journalist, Kristian Klarup Keller. Both were home brewers and when Mikkel got a job at a café that received imports like Chimay and Hoegarden it gave him a taste for beer that wasn’t readily available to him. Then one day when he drank an IPA from he quickly realized two things, he wanted to make beer like that and he could save a lot of money if he could.