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Anchored in the
Belgian beer tradition
Brewers’ blood runs in the family
Brewers’ blood
runs in our family
Whereas the global beer market consists mainly of bottom-fermentation beers, Belgium is re-
nowned for its centuries-old, regional thoroughbred beers brewed with top, mixed and sponta-
neous fermentation. Belgian brewing families, with roots dating back well into the 16th century,
are custodians of this uniquely Belgian beer culture. The passion is in our blood: brewers’ blood.
My uncle Alfred Van Roy is a descendant of one of these brewing families on his mother’s side,
dating back to 1747 when Anne Cornet founded the DE HOORN village brewery in Brabant. Her
father, Theodoor Cornet, was already an innkeeper, brewer and distiller in Steenhuffel in 1686,
and the estate manager at Diepensteyn Castle for the Count of Maldegem-Steenhuffel.
Alfred’s father, Arthur Van Roy, was the son of a brewer from Wieze, where the Van Roy family
established a brewery in 1855. They were descended from the Van Rhode family of millers (Van
Rooije – Van Roy), who operated the Diepensteyn Castle water mill in Steenhuffel in 1626.
Alfred Van Roy’s first marriage was to Marguerite D’Hollander, a brewer’s daughter from
Moerzeke, and his second was to Aline Verleyen, a daughter of Maria Roman of the Roman
brewing family, who have been brewing beer at Mater-Oudenaarde – continuously and under
the same name – since 1545. Maria Roman was also my grandmother, and it was the ROMAN
Brewery that fostered my love of brewing. It was therefore an honour for me to be invited by
my uncle, Alfred Van Roy, to continue the family tradition and his life’s work.
My son, Matthias, got an extra dose of brewers’ blood from his mother, who is also descended
from a long-standing brewing family. He is also continuing the brewing tradition, thereby secur-
ing its survival for the next generation.
Our passion is born from our tradition, as is our individuality and perhaps also our determin-
ation, which is reflected in the beers we brew: true thoroughbred beers.
As artisanal Belgian family brewers, we develop a lasting relationship with consumers looking
for the unique taste and brand experience of authentic thoroughbred beers, brewed with pas-
sion in historic breweries specialising in one of the four traditional fermentation methods.
Egidius
Van Rhode
1626
Theodoor
Cornet
DE HOORN
STEENHUFFEL
DE HOORN
PALM
STEENHUFFEL
PALM - STEENHUFFEL
RODENBACH - ROESELARE
BOON - LEMBEEK
GOUDEN BOOM - BRUGGE
Anne Cornet
Ferdinand de
Villegas
Jean Baptiste
De Mesmaecker
Alfred Van Roy
Aline Verleyen
M.Josee
Verleyen
Jean Toye
Marguerite
D’Hollander
WIEZE
Peter Van Roy
MOERZEKE
D’Hollander
Henriette De
Mesmaecker
Arthur Van Roy
DE KLOK PUB
CORNET PUB
1686
Joost Roman
ROMAN
OUDENAARDE
Jean Baptiste
Roman
Alois Roman
Maria Roman
Arthur Verleyen
Jan Toye
Carine Van Goethem
Christoph Toye †
Matthias Toye
THE FUTURE
STEENDORP
Van Hove
Vennes
Carolus Van Goethem
Maria Van Hove
VAN GOETHEM
STEENDORP
Louis Van Goethem
Renee Van Landeghem
Paul Van Goethem
Paula Vansteenberge
DE PEER
ERTVELDE
Jan-Baptiste De Bruyne
Angelina Schelfaut
Jozef Schelfaut
Ms Dhont
ATLAS
BRUSSELS
HAACHT
BOORT-
MEERBEEK
Albert Schelfaut
Elodie Fiers
Albert Vansteenberge
Helene Schelfaut
BIOS
ERTVELDE
Paul Vansteenberge
Margaretha Schelfaut
Jozef Vansteenberge
Lucie Vermeersch
Paul
Vansteenberge
BAVIK
BAVIKHOVE
Ignace De Brabandere
Betty Vansteenberge
ST - GUIDON
BRUSSELS
ATLAS
BRUSSELS
Franz Schelfaut
Schelfaut
family
SINAAI
Victor
Vansteenberge
MOLENAAR
SMEEREBBE
DIEPENSTEYN CASTLE
COUNT VAN MALDEGHEM-STEENHUFFEL
= Several generations
Katrien Delhuvenne
ca.
Matthias & Jan Toye
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