In 1952, the Father Abbot Nys meets Albert Lootvoet, a brewer at Overijse, and informs him of the Abbey’s financial difficulties. In co-operation with the Father Abbot, Albert Lootvoet decides to revive the brewing tradition of the Abbey of Leffe by adopting the traditional brewing processes. Thus, in 1952, a Leffe Dark is brewed once again and meets with an instant and lively success. Now as the Leffe beers already exist in 4 varieties, each with its special character, heavy investments in the Lootvoet brewery are necessary in order to meet the increasing consumer demand. Thus, in 1977, Albert Lootvoet obtains financial support from another brewery, the Brasserie Artois. Production is then transferred from Overijse to Mont-Saint-Guibert. In 1987, a merger of the Brasseries Artois and Piedboeuf, creates the Brasserie Interbrew. This brewery today, in close co-operation with the Abbey Fathers, ensures the production of Abbey of Leffe beers, following the established brewing traditions.
In August 2004, the combination of Belgian Interbrew and Brazilian Ambev, created a new name and a new identity - “InBev”. From 1 September 2005 on, the Belgian organisation changed its name also. Interbrew Belgium NV became InBev Belgium NV.
[updated on the 11.02.06]
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