The monastery – “Abdij der Trappisten van Westmalle” – is located in the village of West Malle, Province of Antwerp, Belgium, and was founded in 1794. The brewers take great pride in maintaining careful control over the brewing process – all hops are added by hand and no chemical additives of any kind are found in Westmalle ales: they are the flavor of nature, of tradition, and of dedication.
Brewing began soon after founding, and Westmalle Dubbel was first brewed for consumption within the Abbey around 1836; Westmalle Tripel was introduced in 1934. Both the Dubbel and the Tripel are considered by many tasters as the benchmarks for the style.
Westmalle is one of only twelve Trappist breweries in the world.
Merchant du Vin
Specialty beer importer MdV was founded in 1978, a time when Americans could not buy the world’s classic beer styles – in fact, unless they had travelled to Europe most Americans had never even heard of pale ale, hefeweizen, or Trappist ale. MdV founder Charles Finkel realized that the flavors found in the great beers of England, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands were a universal pleasure that should be available to all adults.
The goal of MdV is to enhance people’s lives via the unmatched aromas and flavors found in great beer. MdV’s selling proposition is to educate the consumer and arouse curiosity as to the differences among the classic beer styles, and to make these beers available for purchase at stores, restaurants, and bars. MdV’s portfolio of beers comes from the nations with deep, rich brewing traditions: England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.