At Brasserie de Silly, the expertise of craft beer brewing has been passed on for 6 generations since 1850. The brewery is a reference in terms of quality. Belgian and foreign customers appreciate the accessibility, customer friendliness and flexibility. Brasserie de Silly produces a wide range of Belgian beers. Each beer is brewed according to traditional methods with the best ingredients: pure water, unique yeast of which only the master brewer knows the secret, the best hops and quality malt.
Brasserie de Silly NV is owned by the 6egeneration of the family. Cousins Lionel and Bertrand Van der Haegen run the company. Bertrand is in charge of production, Lionel of sales. Their parents, brothers Jean-Paul and Didier Van der Haegen, are still active in the board of directors.
Brasserie de Silly is experiencing steady growth due to exports and the image of quality. In 2008, the brewery produced 10,000 hectolitres, in 2018 more than 25,000 hectolitres. The market is on the rise: traditional Belgian beers are becoming more and more successful in a large number of countries around the world..
In the 19th century, the large Hainaut farms brewed seasonal beers with barley and hops for the farm workers. In Silly, a Belgian village 40 km south-west of Brussels, Marcelin Hypolite Mynbrughen started the brewery in 1850, first under the name Cense de la Tour. In 1900, Marcelin's son Adelin won a silver medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. During the First World War, Adelin's son, Adelin jr, created a new beer with the help of English soldiers passing through Silly.
The agricultural activity stopped in 1947. Since then, the focus has been entirely on the brewery which then only produced top fermentation beers such as Grisette, Saison and Scotch. In 1950, a pilsner, a low-fermentation beer, was marketed for the brewery's cafés. In 1975, after the takeover of the Brasserie Tennstedt Decroes in Edingen, the Double Enghien, a dark high-fermentation beer, joined the range. Today, the Enghien range includes 3 beers : Enghien Blonde, Enghien Brune and the Christmas beer Enghien Noël. In 1990, the Blanche de Silly and La Divine were launched. In 2004, the Pink Killer was added, a fruity white beer with grapefruit juice.
In recent years, much attention has been paid to research and development. This led to some new beers:
- Abbaye de Forest, a recognised abbey beer
- Silly Pils BIO, the only Walloon organic Pils
- Green Killer IPA, a distinctively hoppy beer