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Duvel Moortgat Brewery (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat) is a Flemish family-controlled brewery founded in 1871. Its strong golden pale ale, Duvel, is exported to more than forty countries. Duvel is Brabantian, Ghent and Antwerp dialect for devil, the standard Dutch word being duivel [ˈdœy̯vəl].
The brewery Moortgat was founded in 1871 by Jan-Leonard Moortgat, who was descended from a family of brewers that lived in Steenhuffel, Belgium. In the 1950s, the third generation of Moortgats took control of the brewery.
In the early 1970s, when the company was struggling financially, Moortgat bottled and distributed the Danish beer, Tuborg. The two companies ended this arrangement in the early 1980s, but it did save the brewery, which by then had managed to also set up massive distribution channels for their flagship beer, Duvel. In June 1999, Duvel Moortgat NV went public on Euronext Brussels.
Duvel Moortgat was an original investor in the Belgian-influenced Brewery Ommegang craft brewery founded in Cooperstown, New York, in 1997. Ommegang was set up by Wendy Littlefield and Don Feinberg, who had imported Duvel products since 1982. In 2003 the Belgian company took complete control of the brewery and set up Duvel USA to handle both Ommegang and Duvel Moortgat brands and others.
In 2001, Duvel acquired 50% of the Czech brewery Bernard.
In 2006, Duvel Moortgat bought fellow Belgian brewery Brasserie d’Achouffe.
In June 2008 they bought Liefmans Brewery of Oudenaarde in Belgium, who are best known for their fruit beers.
In 2010, Duvel Moortgat acquired 100 percent of the shares of the De Koninck Brewery of Antwerp.
In 2014, Duvel Moortgat acquired Boulevard Brewing Co., which is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
In July 2015, it was announced that Duvel Moortgat would acquire Paso Robles, California craft brewer Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
In September 2015 they bought an undisclosed stake in Brouwerij ’t IJ, a Belgian-influenced brewery in Amsterdam.
In 2016 they bought 35% of Birrificio del Ducato based near Parma in Italy, and brought that stake up to 70% in 2018.
- Duvel Moortgat
- Breendonk-Dorp 58
- Puurs, Flanders 28VG+5C
- +32 (0)3 860 94 00
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