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

(BioEngineer ).


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

about beer.




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...



(Horace: 4 Odes, xii. 28.)


"It is delightful to play the fool occasionally"



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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