For well-known reasons we are unable to hold a big party this year to celebrate Belgium’s 189th anniversary. We return to another historic moment in our history: the Battle of Waterloo. Not because of the battle itself, but because of the site of the Mont-Saint-Jean farm – that’s the name of the battle in France – which was bought by John Martin in 2014 to house a traditional microbrewery. The Duke of Wellington had an English field hospital set up in this protected farm during the Battle of Waterloo.
We serve the Waterloo Récolte from the artisanal beers that are brewed there. This summery yellow Belgian beer is in the spotlight with us today. After all, we don’t want to let the day pass without a hitch. With every Belgian beer we offer you a free portion of grilled Belgian Blanc Blue Belge beef with Ghent mustard sauce. This way you can enjoy the health of our country in your own bubble.
The Waterloo Récolte is a cloudy, unfiltered beer brewed on the basis of barley and malted wheat. It is a beer full of character, thirst-quenching and develops floral aromas that are also malted and smoked. According to the brewers, it is fantastic to taste with poultry and fish dishes. Ideal to combine with a grilled fish or piece of chicken from our restaurant Viage Grill.
Water versus beer
Waterloo Récolte is a 100% artisanal and natural beer that finds its origin in the lap of one of the oldest Belgian breweries, the ‘Brasserie du Marché’ in Eigenbrakel (Waterloo), which even dates back to 1456.
During the battle of Waterloo in 1815 it was safer to drink beer than water, because it was full of bacteria. The local breweries in the area supplied the soldiers with top-fermented beer, such as the beer now known as Waterloo, brewed in honour of the Prince of Waterloo, the official title of the Duke of Wellington. Because Prince William of Orange-Nassau was taken care of in the farm for a shoulder injury, his father, King William I of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, had the ‘Hill with the Lion’ erected there in 1826 as a tribute to his son.
The beer of the brave
When Anthony Martin, owner of the group John Martin and known for iconic beers such as Guinness, Gordon and Timmermans, was given the chance to brew Waterloo beer back on the battlefield in 2014, he didn’t hesitate for a moment. His ancestor, the famous British master brewer John Martin, spoke the winged words in 1909 when he settled in Belgium: ‘Only connoisseurs know how to appreciate beers like mine’. The original quality artisanal beer from the Waterloo microbrewery thus became a pearl of John Martin’s prestigious Finest Beer Selection. The beer that quenched the thirst of the armed forces at the time and allegedly gave them strength and courage was given the slogan: ‘Waterloo. The beer of the bravery.