Heineken buys 50% of Affligem

Abbey beer has heritage back to the 11th century

May 26, 2000 - Netherlands brewer Heineken announced Friday that acquired a 50% stake of Belgian brewer Affligem Brouwerij (formerly Brouwerij De Smedt). The Affligem lineup includes several beers that are sent to the United States, including a dubel, a tripel and the popular holiday seasonal, Affligem Noel.


The brewery mainly produces abbey-style beer for the Affligem Abbey. The abbey first brewed beer in the 11th century. Since 1980, Heineken has marketed and distributed the beer the Netherlands and France. Heineken also has a license agreement with the abbey for the rest of the world. The license for Belgium and Luxembourg remains with the Affligem Brewery.

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