The De Halve Maan Brewery is the only family-run brewery still operating in heart of the historic Belgian city Bruges.
The latest in a long and distinguished line of brewers, Xavier Vanneste has worked tirelessly to update the brewery and develop new products. In 2005, with the newly reopened brewery, Xavier ran public test brews under the Dilemma. Visitors were keen to taste the fruits of his research and their comments helped to shape the recipe for a new beer, Brugse Zot or the Bruges Fool
In late 2008 the brewery bought the Straffe Hendrik brand, a beer created by Xavier’s grandfather, Henri Maes IV and his daughter Véronique. Production has now begun producing the beer again according to the original recipe.