Lift your glass

Just learned of the passing, April 9, of the legendary Pierre Celis. Pierre was a milkman in the 1950’s in Hoegaarden, Belgium, and was responsible for the revival and survival of the Belgian Witbier style, especially the brews of his hometown, Hoegaarden Witbier. In later years he sold Hoegaarden and moved to Texas where he founded a new Belgian-style brewery, Celis Brewing. The beers of Celis (a witbier, a grand cru, among others) were perhaps the best US-brewed Belgian beers available.
In 1999, when I began research for North American Clone Brews, Pierre Celis was among the first to respond, with great enthusiasm, shipping me a case of his beers to try, along with a personal note wishing me luck with the project.
RIP and cheers, Pierre.

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