Brewery De Glazen Toren, founded in 2002, is an initiative of two brew masters graduated at CTL (now HO) Ghent, Jef Van den Steen, renowned beer author, and his “companion de route” since 1988, Dirk De Pauw.
The brewery immediately put itself on the (international) map with a number of its own beer brands.
The largest sales markets are currently the USA, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Austria, Ireland and Great Britain. The Dutch market is also experiencing strong growth. From January 2021, exports will also be made to Australia and the Russian Federation. With 80% of the production destined for the aforementioned countries, De Glazen Toren is primarily an export brewery.
Nevertheless, the local anchoring is also important for the fast-growing brewery. Very recently, the beers were included in the basket of the central purchasing office Prik & Tik, and the collaboration with Delhaize / Le Lion was reconfirmed.
The beers are brewed in a modern 25 Hl installation in Erpe-Mere. In view of the strongly growing demand and the lack of space on the current site, the brewery was forced to look for an additional location for further growth. This was found in the industrial zone AALST ZUID III, where a particularly spacious production hall was purchased. It was completely renovated and equipped for the further expansion of the brewery. At this site 6 cooled cylindroconical fermentation tanks of 37 Hl / each were installed. At the same time, a new Italian-German filling line was installed for 33 cl bottles, and an ultra-modern refermentation chamber.
Despite all the investments in high-tech conditions, the brewery's mission remains unchanged: to brew tasty natural beer in a modern installation in a traditional way, using only the best raw materials and without the addition of any artificial additive!