History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Early in the twentieth century, Belgian witbier (white beer) was quite popular in Brabant, Belgium, but around 1950, Belgian witbier brewer Pierre Celis watched witbier breweries in the country begin to close their doors.
Longing for the return of witbier made with with wheat, milled coriander seeds and Curacao orange peel, Pierre Celis produced a batch of homebrew that was so popular, it inspired him to produce the beer on a small retail scale in 1966 in the Belgian town of Hoegaarden. Circumstances forced him to eventually sell the Hoegaarden brand to Stella Artois.
Celis moved to Austin, Texas with his daughter in the 1990s and opened his own Celis Brewery that cranked out over 22,000 barrels of award-winning Celis White in its most productive year. Pierre eventually sold this brewery to Miller, who soon closed the Austin facility.
But lovers of the classic witbier style now have reason to rejoice. Celis' daughter Christine is proud to have recently resurrected Celis Brewery at a different location in Austin, and her daughter Daytona has expressed great enthusiasm in brewing at the facility.
Click on the video below for a walk around the resurrected Celis Brewery in Austin with Celis president Bill Mulroy and Brewtopia.info's Owen Ogletree...