After a public sale, the Rodenbach-Wauters brewery is founded in 1836 by Pedro Rodenbach and his wife Regina Wauters, a brewer's daughter from Mechelen. The Rodenbach family is closely linked with the young Belgian state. Alexander Rodenbach who in 1820 buys a 50% share in the Norbert brewery/distillery, is in 1830 a member of the National Congress. Later, he was one of the first members of Parliament from 1831 to 1867. The grandson of Alexander's brother is the famous Flemish poet Albrecht Rodenbach. In 1864, the brewery expands and a malt-house is built of which you can still admire the oven today. At the end of the 19th century, Eugeen Rodenbach, who learned the business in different British breweries, introduced the secondary fermentation, an English practice. The beer rests for two years in oak barrels in which secondary fermentation takes place and lactic bacteria are formed. They create the typical sweet-sourish taste of Rodenbach beer. The brewery uses 300 oak barrels of 12,000 l to 65,000 k. About 5% of production is exported. After application you can have a guided tour of the brewery. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays groups of 20 to 50 people can visit.