Brouwerij Van Den Bossche – which makes Pater Lieven and Buffalo beers – was founded in 1897 by Arthur Van Den Bossche, who started a brewery on a piece of land on the beautiful square in Sint-Lievens-Esse, a village in the Belgian province of East Flanders.

Pater Lieven Logo Large

One of its iconic beers, the Buffalo Stout, was “discovered” 10 years after the brewery’s founding through a fortuitous accident: a young apprentice left behind as the rest of the brewery staff went to visit a travelling American circus – the Buffalo Bill – had forgotten to stir the contents of the kettles as he watched it, resulting in a beer that was completely roasted from the caramelization at the bottom of the kettle. But some of his senior colleagues who tasted the beer actually ended up liking it, and a new beer was born.

In 1957, Brouwerij Van Den Bossche introduced its the Pater Lieven range of abbey style beers, brewed to celebrate St Livinus Festival – the feast day of St Livinus of Ghent – which takes place every 50 years.

pater lieven brewer and family

If you’d like to find out more about Brouwerij Van Den Bossche, the fourth generation of the Van Den Bossche family that owns the brewery, Bruno Van Den Bossche (pictured left, with his father Ignace and brother Emmanuel, both whom also work at the brewery), will be in town for Beerfest Asia.

“Meet The Brewer” session

Together with representatives of local importer Eastern Craft Trading, Bruno will also be hosting a “Meet The Brewer” session at Oosters on 10 June from 6pm. During the session you’ll be able to find out more from him about the brewery and its beers, but also get to taste the Pater Lieven Wit, Pater Lieven Blond, Pater Lieven Brune, Pater Lieven Tripel, as well as the Buffalo Bitter and Buffalo 1907 available in Singapore for the first time (on tap and in bottle, respectively).

But if you can’t make it for the event, Oosters is running a “Pater Lieven Month” for June where Pater Lieven beers will be on promotion with beers from $8.50++ for the month.

To attend the “Meet The Brewer” session, email for tickets.


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