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A one-of-a-kind brewery TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: LA CORNE DU BOIS DES PENDUS
The beer’s name, La Corne du Bois des Pendus, translates as ‘the horn-shaped forest of the hangmen’. The brewery has an unusual history behind its name: it comes from an Ardennes legend dating back to 1636, when an extraordinary brewer named Cornelius managed to bury his secret recipe. The real hornshaped forest still exists next to Ebly, in Belgium, where the company headquarters of La Corne du Bois des Pendus are located.
Founded in 2010 by Gaëtan Patin, Belgian brewery La Corne du Bois des Pendus is the only one in the world to serve its three beers, the Black, the Blonde and the Triple, in a horn-shaped glass. Christelle Vincent, head of communications, notes that “the glass is part of a unique concept”.
Besides taking part in internationally renowned brewing events, the brewery has its own annual celebration, Les Corneries, in midAugust. This year it will take place on 12 and 13 August, and includes free tastings, concerts, contests and lunch. The ethos behind the brewery is to maintain high-quality brews with no sugar or added herbs, and to use local ingredients. The brand has indeed been a great success: last year 28
per cent of its sales were exports, across Europe as well as to Asia. In the future, Vincent says that the brewery plans to continue its expansion globally. Vincent concludes: “Glory to La Corne, to Cornelius, and to all hangmen of the forest. Cheers without mercy!” www.lacorneduboisdespendus.com
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