How we started
The “Struise” concept is based on creativity, innovation, quality, sustainability and friendship. We started developing beers anno 2001, at a holiday resort in the village of Lo-Reninge, in a small barn at an ostrich farm called “De Noordhoek”. The first beer we ever developed there, was an Old Style wheat-beer, called “Struise Witte”. The name “Struise” is taken from Flemish slang for ostrich. Our brewery coat of arms takes it a step further and features a proud ostrich amongst knight’s helmet, shield and feathers.
Back in 2003 we decided to go commercial with our latest creation, a Belgian Dark Strong Ale called “Pannepot”. Not with an own installation, for that we did not have the money yet, however, we proceeded as gipsy brewers. First at the Coulier Brewery and later at the nearby Deca Brewery in Woesten / Vleteren. In 2009, we moved to a school facility in the village of Oostvleteren, and where we’ve been brewing our beers independently since 2012.
The current crew at “Struise” is: Carlo Grootaert, Brewery Assistant, Public Relations, Sales and Taste Buds at Struise; Trevor Ketterhagen, Brewery Assistant; Dion Vandeweghe, Brewer & Barrel Room Curator; Urbain Coutteau, Brewer & Head of Operations.
BREWER AT STRUISE
Brewing at Struise
Exhaust gas to water heat exchanger. This engine recuperates lost exhaust heat from 220°C to 80°C and converts that heat into hot water. Economy 235 kilowatt-hour per brewday, and 64% less exhaust global warming.
Paddling the mash
While the mash enters the tun, malts and water pre-mixed, further paddling is necessary to prevent clumps.
Our mash in tun has a net volume of 1400 liter. We use 2 of these tuns simultaneously, resulting in 4 batches at 400 kg of malts, or 3000 liters of fermentable wort at 10% abv per brewday
This is what's left after lautering the wort from the mash. These spent grains go to local farmers, and where live cattle is very fond of.
Our Barrel Room
Update 2019: +- 300 of different oak barrels from France, Swiss, Usa, Spain, Scotland, South America, etc...
Beer releases of 2019
"Peil ijl", Flemish for "Low Level", phonetically spoken it sounds like "Pale Ale" in English...
Tours & Tasting
Our guided tours:
On Saturdays, at 14:00 and 15:00, free to connect when on time.
On weekdays, by appointment and only to be determined by mail.
Every Saturday, between 14:00 and 18:00.
30 Struise beers on draught, starting at 1,00€ per 8cl sample glass.