A history of hospitality

The fantastic history of the Grimbergen Abbey inspired the reconstruction of the new Grimbergen Abbey Brewery. Learn more about the the great Grimbergen community right here.

Rooted in hospitality

The legend has it that back in early years after the foundation of the Abbey - travellers often came to visit (which they still do).

Fortunately, they knocked on the right door. By the Fathers of Grimbergen,
they were welcomed with open arms and offered a glass of homemade beer to warm their spirits.

A beer tradition that almost 900 years later inspired the legendary Grimbergen beer.

A different time

At this moment in time, water was unsanitary and could carry a lot of diseases.
However, the act of brewing beer sanitized the water and added necessary nutrients to the drink. Therefore, beer was safe to drink.


While the Fathers of Grimbergen practiced a solitary life of work and prayer,
they also had a strong belief in treating others the way you want to be treated.
They believed in the community and welcoming people with open arms, and of course, a well-prepared glass of Grimbergen beer.

Only the beginning

To this day, the abbey is rooted in hospitality and the brewing traditions that made it possible to serve the people nine centuries ago.
Whether bottled or draught, stranger or local, the Fathers will continue to spread the true spirit of Grimbergen for generations to come.

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