Your Oasis

At Meuse Brewing we want to bridge the gap between our European roots and our Norfolk County home. Our aim is to use traditional brewing practices and partner that with local inspiration to brew our beers. To do so our aim is to source locally as much as possible, from the ingriedients we use in the brewing process, such as our on grown barley, to the barrels we age our beer in. Additional adjuncts such and fruits, herbs, and spices that can be used in the brewing of beer we hope to find locally as well.

Brewery Mission

Our mission is simple: to brew great-tasting, well-balanced beer that we, and everyone else, want to drink.
Reflecting this goal our operation is modest and focused on the beer with attention to quality and respect for tradition.

What we brew

Water, grains, hops, and yeast. The four ingredients in brewing beer. However, there is endless potential within those ingredients. We brew with water pulled from our farm’s well providing the beautiful base for each beer. Grains and hops are selected specifically for each beer to present a balance between sweet and bitter. Our brewers’ yeast is carefully selected and propagated for optimal activity during fermentation and adds its unique character to our beers.

Wait to see what different beers we will have available. 

Why the name?

Inspiration for a brewer can be drawn from far and wide. Our geographical beer muse is the coastal lowland region of northwestern Europe. These days this area is made up of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the northern part of France.

A defining characteristic of the area is the  Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt river delta. The Rhine originates in Switzerland and travels through Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany, France and the Netherlands. Whereas the Meuse and Scheldt rivers originate in France and pass through Belgium and the Netherlands.

Additional fun fact: Other than Meuse Brewing being the easiest to pronounce, the river Meuse also connects the birthplaces of Mischa and Estelle.

Norfolk County Roots

Norfolk County is rich in agricultural history and natural heritage. Once our location is fully operational we want to showcase what this area has to offer and provide visitors to chance to reconnect with nature. The brewery is sheltered by Carolinian forest, giving visitors a quiet oasis away from the daily hustle and bustle. We are in the process of transitioning the farm’s old irrigation pond to native wetland habitat and adding a pollinator strip with the help of ALUS Norfolk. As our brewery grows we plan to work towards showcasing more of our area’s natural bounty. 

Did you know?!

Our farm has been home to a farm market for over 20 years! We wanted to keep this history alive and offer a wide selection of seasonal locally grown produce from Norfolk County and the surrounding area.

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TEAM

MISCHA GEVEN

FOUNDER & HEAD BREWER

Mischa got his start in professional brewing as co-founder and head brewer at New Limburg Brewing Company. Here he was able to develop a number of award winning Belgian inspired ales and began his early concepts for a farmhouse brewery. Mischa and Estelle’s shared interest in this type of brewery led to the formation of Meuse Brewing Company.

Mischa’s favourite aspect of brewing comes from meticulously crafting a recipe to provide the base for yeasts and bacteria to go to work, not knowing exactly what the end result may be. It truly is a fusion of arts and science. 

ESTELLE VAN KLEEF

FOUNDER, SALES & MARKETING

One of the greatest aspects of working in a brewery is the sense of community that is created around the beer. The interaction with different people, hearing their stories and watching as they become a part of the brewery’s story is the best part for Estelle. With an Msc. in International Management, Estelle takes care of the business relations associated with the brewery from suppliers to licensees. She moved from the Netherlands to Norfolk County in 1999, and has since lived in France, Belgium, and again for a year in the Netherlands for her master’s degree. Bringing a touch of Europe to Norfolk County has always been a dream.

MISCHA GEVEN

FOUNDER & HEAD BREWER

Mischa got his start in professional brewing as co-founder and head brewer at New Limburg Brewing Company. Here he was able to develop a number of award winning Belgian inspired ales and began his early concepts for a farmhouse brewery. Mischa and Estelle’s shared interest in this type of brewery led to the formation of Meuse Brewing Company.

Mischa’s favourite aspect of brewing comes from meticulously crafting a recipe to provide the base for yeasts and bacteria to go to work, not knowing exactly what the end result may be. It truly is a fusion of arts and science. 

ESTELLE VAN KLEEF

FOUNDER, SALES & MARKETING

One of the greatest aspects of working in a brewery is the sense of community that is created around the beer. The interaction with different people, hearing their stories and watching as they become a part of the brewery’s story is the best part for Estelle. With an Msc. in International Management, Estelle takes care of the business relations associated with the brewery from suppliers to licensees. She moved from the Netherlands to Norfolk County in 1999, and has since lived in France, Belgium, and again for a year in the Netherlands for her master’s degree. Bringing a touch of Europe to Norfolk County has always been a dream.

#WhatsYourMeuse

Everyone needs to get away sometimes; to take a break, to clear your mind, to relax. How you enjoy our beer is up to you, whether it is with friends or during quiet evenings in, after a long day at work or during a social weekend day, outside on the patio or inside by the tv, with dinner or with game time snacks.  Let us know how you enjoy your Meuse brew with the #WhatsYourMeuse on social media.