Founded in 1769 by Joseph Leroy, the grandfather on mothers side of Hugues Dubuisson, the current manager, the Brasserie Dubuisson is the oldest brewery in Wallonia.
Still located on the same site and having never ceased its brewing activity, the Brasserie Dubuisson has seen 9 generations of brewers, all belonging in direct line to the same family. A long history of several centuries written around the passion for beer.
It was only later, in 1931, that Alfred Dubuisson decided to give up farming and devoted himself exclusively to beer production.
He then teamed up with his brother, Amédée Dubuisson, and together they took over their parents “farm brewery”, which later became the SPRL Brasserie Dubuisson Frères.
In 1933, Alfred Dubuisson, Hugues’ grandfather, created a truly Belgian connoisseurs’ beer based on the English style which was very trendy at the time. He called his beer BUSH BEER, the English translation of BIERE DUBUISSON. This beer, whose recipe has remained unchanged for 90 years, is therefore one of the oldest brands of beer in Belgium and is still marketed today.
In 1991, Hugues Dubuisson began a new developmental phase for the Brasserie through the gradual expansion of the range. He created the Bush de Noël in 1991 and the Bush Triple in 1998.
The year 2000 marks a turning point in the Brasserie Dubuisson’s history. Mainly through the creation of the Cuvée des Trolls. This new beer, with its friendly character, quickly became a success in Belgium and beyond. This strong brand easily became the first reference of the Brasserie Dubuisson and enabled it to start the new millennium on a firm footing. It was only in 2018 that the Cuvée des Trolls brand was expanded with the introduction of the Rasta Trolls.
In parallel launching the Cuvée des Trolls, a new microbrewery concept was also developed in 2000: the Brasse-Temps. This innovative project, initially opened in Louvain-la-Neuve (in 2000), truly pleased beer lovers. It was followed by the opening of the Brasse-Temps in Mons (2003), in Tournai (2017) and in Charleroi (2022). Meanwhile, another concept of establishments was also created around the Brasserie’s beers: the Trolls & Bush taverns. Our unique Dubuisson beers are to be enjoyed in the Trolls & Bush establishement in Pipaix and Ath.
The year 2000 also saw the Brasserie starting to ripen beer in oak barrels. The brewery was pioneer in the matter and was the very first to experiment this kind of methods. After a limited edition launched as we stepped into thenew millennium, the Brasserie integrated this type of beer into its range in 2003 with Bush Prestige. The project was repeated in 2008 with the Bush de Nuits and in 2014 with the Bush de Charmes.
In 2007, the Dubuisson brewery took the initiative to create Belgian Family Brewers. This label unites family breweries, united by passion and craftsmanship, with the aim of promoting authentic Belgian speciality beers. All members do have a brewing family know-how for at least 50 years and can therefore entitle a wealth of experience and unique traditions.