As the fastest-growing new brewery in Belgium, you’d never guess Brewery Dilewyns’ success could be attributed to a local dentist winning a homebrew contest. Taking a leap of faith and investing the family fortune, Vincent Dilewyns recruited his daughters to open the brewery in 2011. At only twenty seven and the youngest brewer in Belgium, Anne-Catherine brews her father’s recipes and was named one of three female rising star brewers in the world.
Anne-Catherine brewing skills run in the family. In 1875, her Great-Great-Grandmother Anna-Coletta Wauman turned a former benzine oil factory into a brewery. It operated in Dendermonde until WWII, when the brew kettles were confiscated. Anne-Catherine still has Wauman’s passport, which lists her occupation as “Brew Master.”
Only open for three years, Brewery Dilewyns is one of Belgium’s newest and fastest growing breweries. Anne-Catherine’s beers have already received accolades from Saveur, Chicago Sun Times, and First We Feast, among others.