The Vapeur Brewery in the town of Pipaix, Belgium, isn’t in the Oxford Companion to Beer because they needed something to put in the V section. It actually is worthy of note.
See, there are two weird things about it.
Weird thing No1: it’s steam-driven. Seriously, it’s powered by an old steam engine. That’s where the brewery’s name comes from – ‘‘Vapeur’’ is French for ‘‘steam’’.
Weird thing No2: The brewery only brews on the last Saturday of each month, which would have to make their beers exceedingly hard to get because there would be so few of them.
The business kicked off way back in 1780 and fell into disrepair in the early 1980s, before a husband and wife – who dreamed of owning a brewery. The wife later died in an accident at the brewery – in 1990 – but the husband kept on brewing there.
Which you think would have to be a bit tough to do.
What’s the go here?: For those who have just stumbled across this post, I’m going through the Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB) and posting an entry for every letter. Why? Because I have a copy at home but hadn’t really gone through it page by page and I figured this would be an exercise that would force me to do that.