When entering De Gouverneur, the first thing you notice are the 18 beer taps. The second thing you notice is a huge range of bottles against the wall. “This place was a mess when I bought it, but I saw something in it,” explains Smeets. No wonder, in the 19th century this was a brewery and Smeets always had a fascination with Belgian specialty beers. It has now been two years, and the company has grown and been remodelled. “We now have a big basement to store beer and use for tastings.”

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