Yvan De Baets
Head-brewer, co-owner and co-founder of Brasserie de la Senne
Yvan De Baets is Head-brewer, co-owner and co-founder of Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels, the pioneer brewery of the renewal of the Brussels’ craft beer scene.
He took a formal education in brewing at the Meurice Institute for Brewing and Malting Science in Brussels, where he is now lecturer. He is as well guest-speaker at the Postgraduate Malting and Brewing of the KU-Leuven University.
Yvan is also a beer writer, specialized in ancient Belgian brewing techniques, and a lecturer in various brewing conferences and forums.
In addition, he is an international beer judge at, among others, the World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, Great American Beer Festival, Birra dell’Anno, Dutch Beer Challenge and France Bière Challenge.
Brasserie de la Senne is at the origin of the new wave of craft beer in Brussels, Belgium. They have been pioneers, among other things, at encouraging the taste for well-hopped beers before it became trendy. Next to hoppy ales and lagers made with traditional hop varieties, they produce barrel-aged mixed-fermented beers, as well as beers made with a local yeast.
They aim at brewing organic beers full of character but well balanced, using carefully chosen technology, with a total absence of compromise when it comes to flavor and quality. They work in direct relationship with the producers of raw materials, which allows them a fine-tuned selection of malt and hops.