We met in May 2002, at the time of the second edition of the Zinneke parade in Brussels, for which Bernard had created the now famous Zinnebir. We started our professional brewing career towards the end of 2003, building a microbrewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, in the former warehouse of the Moriau brewery. We decided to call it the “Sint-Pieter Brouwerij.” After producing for two years, the premises had become too small due to the success. We then decided to move and make our dream of establishing the brewery in our city, Brussels, a reality. To mark the occasion, we named our brewery after the river from which our city was born more than a thousand years ago: Brasserie de la Senne. It took us five years before we could properly settle in the city. Meanwhile, in order to continue production, we rented different breweries, owned by friends, where we could brew our beers ourselves. These migratory years came to a conclusion on December 22, 2010, the date of our first brew 100% made in Brussels!
The beers of Brasserie de la Senne are produced by two passionate brewers from Brussels: Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq.
They work in a small brewery honouring the traditional ways of brewing beer; unfiltered, unpasteurized, free of any additives, using only the finest raw materials of the highest quality. Their dedication to uncompromised quality is definitely one of the outstanding characteristics of the brewery.
The beers, with their complex flavour and well-distinguished personalities, are true beers of character, made in Brussels.
Brussels is the place where we were born and where we live. We love this city. We are very proud to have doubled its number of breweries, as, when we opened, the only other active brewery in Brussels was Cantillon. We brew in the Brussels Region, on 565 Chaussée de Gand, in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, since 22 December 2010. This date has also become the date of our anniversary brew, only brewed once a year – the Brussels Calling. We have designed our production facilities by carefully selecting the technologies in use. For some stages we have purposely opted for simpler technologies in order to preserve all the aromas of our beers. We take pride in being a local brewery; Brussels is our first market, followed by the rest of Belgium. We limit our exports, despite the success we have encountered abroad. We are, however, available in a dozen countries, with a leading presence in the United States, Italy and Japan.