Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal from Tildonk, Belgium began operations in May of 2009. Prior to that, it existed as a family farmstead dating back several centuries.
Roughly 30 years ago, the farm fell into the hands of the Janssens family, who for decades had no intentions of making beer. “We are famers first, not brewers,” owner Andre continues to say. But indeed that changed a couple of years ago when the family decided to install a brewery on their grounds in order to make their farm more financially sustainable.
The point of the brewery was to be very traditional, yet strictly ecological. This was not going to be an ordinary brewery. It was going to be a nearly 100% self-sustaining brewery. They’d grow all their own grain, grow all their own hops, cultivate their own yeast strain, and even power the brewery with rapeseed oil that they themselves would produce.
Ambitious, yes. Crazy, one could argue. But the dream is now indeed a reality, and as far as we know, there’s no other commercial brewery anywhere else in the world doing anything quite like it.
To make matters better…their beers are stunning. Simple, yes, but they are designed to be – each brew containing a single grain, single hop, and single yeast strain. They are, however, nothing short of exquisite. Original Belgian farmhouse ales brewed strictly via traditional methods.
The Hof ten Dormaal Barrel-Aged Project:
In addition to the beers listed here, standard collection from the Hof ten Dormaal portfolio, we are also very proud to offer a very special, supremely limited lineup of Barrel-Aged beers known as the Hof ten Dormaal Barrel-Aged Project. Andre and his sons hand-sourced a broad selection of barrels containing the finest wine and spirits from across Europe. They designed two new beers – a special golden ale and a dark ale – and aged them for many months in each barrel to create a complete collection of extraordinary new beers. The Barrel- Aged beers are packaged in 6x75cl cases with each beer being displayed in it’s own presentation box. Ask about availability of either the Blond or Dark in any of these barrels: Jenever, Cognac, Madeira, Armagnac, Sherry, Port, Ardbeg, Sauternes, or Grappa.
Hof ten Dormaal Blond
Style: Belgian Blond Ale
Hof ten Dormaal Amber
Style: Amber Saison
Hof ten Dormaal Dark
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Hof ten Dormaal White Gold
Style: Belgian Blond Ale brewed with Chicory Root
Hof ten Dormaal Winter
Style: Special winter ale brewed seasonally; recipe/ingredients change annually