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The history of PALM Breweries goes back to 1686. At that time Theodoor Cornet, estate manager of Diepensteyn Castle, was the proprietor of an inn opposite the church in Steenhuffel. He brewed beer and distilled jenever there for his guests, also brewing a heavier “Counts’ beer” for the Lords of Diepensteyn, Counts of Maldeghem-Steenhuffel. In 1747, Anne Cornet converted it into a small top-fermentation village brewery, selling beer to the inhabitants of the village. She dubbed her brewery Den Hoorn, most probably after the Dutch translation of her French surname Cornet. Later, the brewery was taken over by Jean-Baptiste De Mesmaecker, who also became mayor of Steenhuffel.
During the nineties, PALM Breweries significantly increased in size. As a cultural project, PALM set up a joint venture in 1990 with the BOON lambic brewery in Lembeek. In 1998, RODENBACH Brewery was taken over. Around the turn of the millennium, PALM faced some difficulties. In Belgium, beer consumption had been decreasing for some time, and specialist beers with relatively low alcohol content were suffering the most. To turn the tide, Jan Toye developed a “multi-niche” strategy, concentrating on authentic thoroughbred beers and exports. His son Matthias has been infected by the passion for family tradition and the brewer’s calling, and since 2011 has represented the next generation of PALM Breweries.
PALM Breweries is a tourist hot spot that welcomes 20,000 visitors a year, where an informative visitors’ tour through the brewery is combined with a visit to the famous Brabant draught horses at Diepensteyn Stud Farm.
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