Today is the birthday of Cornelius Antonius Van Ginderachter (October 8, 1859-January 9, 1905). He was born in Merchtem, Belgium, which is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. In 1888, he acquired the Brouwerij Martinas, which had been founded in 1871 by Florentinus De Boeck. After his death, his son Corneel van Ginderachter took over the brewery, and in 1928, Cornelius’ grandson Joseph created their most well-known beer, Ginder-Ale, and the business became known as Brouwerij Ginder-Ale.
Here’s a short history of the brewery translated from the Belgian website Residentie Martinas.
The brewery was founded in 1871 by Florentius De Boeck (1826-1892) – the father of composer August De Boeck – and was taken over in 1888 by Corneel van Ginderachter. After Corneel’s death, the company was managed by his wife Hendrika van Nuffel, who had to hand over her copper boilers to the Germans during the First World War. In 1928, son Joseph launched the high fermentation beer Ginder Ale, a beer of the Spéciale belge type that, according to experts, was closely related to the taste of Antwerp’s De Koninck or Palm from Steenhuffel. The company enjoyed its greatest success in the 1950s, employing 180 people at its peak. In 1973 it was taken over by the Artois Brewery – from 1988 Interbrew – and it continued to brew there until 1991. From then on, production was transferred to Leuven and to date 3,000 hectoliters are produced annually. This beer is usually distributed in the vicinity of Merchtem, so that one can literally speak of a regional beer. Due to the successive mergers, Brouwerij Ginder-Ale is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev.