Celis Brewery

logoCelisIn 1966 a milkman named Pierre Celis in the Belgian town of Hoegaarden decided to revive witbier, a regional beer style that had become extinct almost a decade earlier when the town's last brewery closed. He started brewing Hoegaarden Witbier in his father's stable.

bottleCelisIn 1972 the Hoegaarden Brewery relocated to an abandoned soft drink factory, and by 1985 produced 300,000 barrels a year. When the Hoegaarden Brewery burned to the ground that year, Celis wound up selling his Hoegaarden brand to Belgian brewing giant Interbrew.


logoCelisAfter Pierre Celis sold the Hoegaarden Brewery, he then founded a microbrewery in Austin, Texas, in 1992, at the age of 67. There he continued to brew witbier. Celis White received a perfect four-star rating from the late British beer writer Michael Jackson in his Pocket Guide to Beer.

Celis White has won numerous awards:

  • 1992 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1993 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1994 GABF: Silver medal
  • 1995 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1996 World Beer Cup: bronze medal
  • 1998 GABF: Gold medal
  • 2003 GABF: Gold medal
  • 2003 World Expo of Beer: 1st place
  • 2004 GABF: Bronze medal
  • 2004 World Expo of Beer: 1st place
  • 2006 World Expo of Beer: 1st Place
  • 2010 World Expo of Beer: 1st Place