Belgian Brewery Sets Up Shop with Revamped Celis Brewery

B.O.M. Brewery, which stands for “Belgian Original Maltbakery”, is one of the world’s only brewing and malt roasting companies. It is preparing for U.S. brewing operations to begin this fall at the newly-opened Celis Brewery located in Austin, Texas, of which B.O.M. founder Bert van Hecke oversaw the design and construction.

Over the years, van Hecke perfected his craftsmanship while working with industry leaders such as Orval and Rodenbach. B.O.M. was born from van Hecke’s desire to produce extremely flavorful and fresh beer by uniquely hand-roasting his own malts.

Now, here in the states, the newly opened Celis Brewery will contract brew for B.O.M. with its state-of-the-art 50 HL Braukon brewing system and 50,000 bbl capacity while Van Hecke supplies B.O.M.’s specialty malts from Belgium.

For B.O.M., producing in the U.S. will eliminate international transportation costs and allow van Hecke to tailor his beers for the American palate. It may also call for packaging certain B.O.M. products in cans rather than bottles.

“Bert is an extremely knowledgeable and talented brewer with an incredible mind,” said Bob Leggett, CEO of Artisanal Imports. “He has a keen ability to figure out what is most efficient.” Efficiency was a key factor in van Hecke’s decision to brew stateside.

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