BROUWERIJ DE FENIKS
Gino Vantieghem - Brew Master
With a long and passionate carreer in the brewing of the frotty stuff...
Gino started his brewing carreer with an internship at Brouwerij
Riva in Dentergem right after his studies at the University of Leuven
As brewmaster at Unibroue in Quebec he created a wide range of
hugely successful beers. Gino was one of only two Belgian brewers
who helped to jumpstart the Craftbeer movement in the US and Canada
in the early 1990's. (the other one being legendary brewer white beer
brewer Pierre Celis (Hoegaarden, Celis White).
After the takeover of Unibroue by Sleemans Breweries Gino returned
to Belgium where he rekindled the nowdefunct Riva brewery and turned
it into Liefmans Breweries. By the age of 37 he received the prestigious
Master of the Barley Lifetime Achievement Award out of the hands of
Legendary beerwriter Michael 'the beerhunter' Jackson (not sure about
his moonwalking skills though).
Gino until today remains the most awarded Belgian Brewer in the
World Beer Championships with the most different (types of) beers.
Gino our Master Wizard has created many award winning beers and
he will do so again for De Feniks !
Jasper Candaele - Yeast Whisperer
Jasper is a very talented BioEngineer and Brewer. Having studied in
Gent and having worked at Flemish Institure for BioTechnology VIB
he has a keen knowledge of brewing technology.
An accomplished brewer in his own right he was the creator of our
Jazz' Black Oatmeal Delight stout. Next to doing most of the operational
work in the brewery (hard labour) he helps to fine tune our recipes.
Kurt Decoene - Apprentice wizard euh....
Beer, wine & Single Malt Whisk(e)y drinker with a long and passionate
carreer in drinking the stuff. It's the only thing he's good at really.
Well that and a modest talent in Problem Solving, a talent honed by a
quarter century of fixing computer problems and project management.
Kurt and his wife Angela (Wang) have almost a decade of experience
doing business in and with China.
Kurt loves good food and drink. A course of Artisanal brewing was
a good start. It not only was a great way to learn more about brewing
beer but also introduced him to a number of people who are passionate
Angela Wang - Queen of Ales
A force of nature with an established carreer (17 years) in management,
TV, purchasing and sales in China and Europe. Angela is currently
studying International Business Management.
She speaks Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese & Hunan), English, Dutch
and basic French. She has a background in Classic Chinese Dance and
is a prominent member of the Chinese community in Belgium. She
not only is a member of the Association of Chinese Professionals in
Belgian but she is also actively involved in numerous Cultural events.
Angela increasingly helps to develop additional business for De Feniks.
Next to all that she's a full time mum with two kids...
Nah... traditional is not a bad thing, in fact it's pretty good.
But we @ De Feniks believe beer-culture is a living thing and it is necessary to try new and exciting things !
You have to know the rules before you break them, but break them we intend to do...
What sets us apart ?
We want to make beer we love, and beer other people can love.
Do new things nobody has done before, be on the forefront of brewing in the 21st century.
The best ingredients, used in traditional and maybe not so traditional ways to create new,
exciting and surpring flavor(s).
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