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AB InBev supports new KU Leuven test brewery in Flanders

At its brand-new brewery in Leuven, Flanders-based university KU Leuven will be developing novel yeasts for major brewing companies such AB Inbev and Duvel Moortgat – both headquartered in Flanders as well. The state-of-the-art beer center is a worldwide leader and part of a longstanding collaboration with VIB, Flanders’ strategic research center for biotechnology.

Pole position

By opening the new test brewery, KU Leuven and VIB further strengthen their pole positions in biotechnology and biobased activities. So far, KU Leuven has already developed a database of no fewer than 1,000 types of yeast, used by breweries across the globe to give their beers unique flavors. 

With funds from Flanders and AB InBev

The new test facility will have a brewing capacity of 5 hectoliters and totals an investment of just under EUR 1 million. Most of this investment is funded by the government; a quarter of the amount is provided by Brazilian-Belgian brewing company AB InBev.

“However, we’ll also work independently for separate brewing companies,” says Prof. Keven Verstrepen from KU Leuven. “The funds provided by AB InBev are a donation. The company decided to co-finance because it leverages our yeast expertise and because it benefits from the fact that we educate and train highly skilled brewers.”

Studying beer in all its facets

In addition to its campus in Leuven, the university also studies beer at its campus in Ghent – also a major university city in Flanders. While the scientists in Leuven focus on the development of yeasts, the team in Ghent centers its research on the chemistry behind the brewing process and the technical enhancement of brewing installations.

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KU Leuven
Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
8 November 2017

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