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A pioneering brand in Austin’s craft beer scene set to return

One of Austin’s original craft breweries is being resurrected with a familiar name at the helm.

A pioneering brand in Austin’s craft beer scene set to return

Christine Celis is close to reopening Celis Brewery, the company founded by her father, Pierre Celis, in Belgium in 1966. He moved the business to the Texas capital in 1992.

Christine Celis announced in 2012 plans to revive the brewery, and last year she settled on Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks. But on Feb. 21, she announced she had secured the trademark to the Celis name from rights owners Total Beverage Solution and Craftbev International Amalgamated Inc.

Celis Brewery will produce Belgian-style beers such as witbier. Production is expected to start this spring at a 22,000-square-foot brewery, located in a growing hotbed of craft brewing in Northwest Austin, with Austin Beerworks, Adelbert’s Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery, among others in that area.

Pierre Celis was one of the few commercial brewers around when he started his company in Austin in the early 1990s. Real Ale Brewing Co. was established a few years later in Blanco and now the entire Central Texas area is overflowing with craft beer.

Miller Brewing Co. acquired a majority interest in Celis in 1995 and shut it down at the end of 2000.

“Rebuilding the Celis Brewery has been a labor of love that has taken me many years to accomplish,” said Christine Celis in a statement. “It’s an honor to carry on my family’s brewing legacy with my father’s original 1965 recipes using the proprietary yeast from Belgium.”

The new Celis Brewery will be able to produce more than 50,000 barrels of beer annually, Christine Celis said.

By: Will Anderson

Shared from: Biz Journals

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