The Gruut City Brewery in Ghent was established in April 2009 by Annick De Splenter at Grote Huidevettershoek in Ghent. Annick was initiated at an early age into the wonderful world of fermentation and beer. Her love of beer is clearly in her genes, because family on both her mother’s and her father’s side were involved in brewing. Some of the well-known brand names they worked on include Young Pale Ale from Gistel and Dentergems Wit, Liefmans and Lucifer from Dentergem.
The exceptional properties of four of their Ghent Gruut beers stem from the fact they are brewed without hops. As you would expect, research into alternatives for replacing hops is no easy task. It was only after a course in biochemistry and various collaborative links with a range of universities that Annick’s Ghent City Beer saw the light of day. There are now 5 different varieties: Ghent Gruut White, Ghent Gruut Blonde, Ghent Gruut Amber, Ghent Gruut Brown and Ghent Gruut Inferno.
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