Although not under the name Huyghe, the first days of brewing at this site date back to 1654. In 1906, Leon Huyghe purchased an existing brewery in the town of Melle and started his brewery, at first under the name ‘Brouwerij-Mouterij den Appel’ which later in 1938 changed to today’s name ‘Brouwerij Huyghe’ . During the early days of Huyghe, the focus lied in brewing pilsners but quickly shifted to strong golden ales after the great success of Delirium tremens in 1988. Today, this beer with the infamous ‘pink elephant’ label has won countless awards across the globe including being named as Best Beer in the World in 2008 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago, Illinois. The famous beer connoisseur Stuart Kallen gives Delirium tremens the #1 spot in his book, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World.
Other beers brewed at Huyghe include a Christmas beer (Delirium Noël) and a beer called Deliria, which is entirely brewed by women, in addition to a number of fruit beers in the ‘Floris’ and ‘Mongozo’ lines.
Brouwerij Huyghe is currently one of the most environmentally sustainable breweries in Europe aiming to become the greenest brewery in the world.