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Celis Brewery
(Closed)
2431 Forbes Drive
Austin TX 78754
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Notes

Opened: 1992

Closed: 2000

Annual Production: 45,000 bbl

Pierre Celis left the De Kluis brewery in Belgium around the time it became financially involved with Artois. He moved to Austin TX, where he founded the Celis Brewery and continued to brew his familiar Belgian styles. He has since returned to Belgium, leaving Celis in the capable hands of his daughter and son-in-law, Christine Celis and Peter Camps. They tripled their capacity in 1996, thanks to their partnership with American Specialty and Craft Beer Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Miller Brewing Company.

And just as we all expected they would, in April 2000, Miller acquired 100% ownership in Celis, and in December announced that the brewery would be closed, and the equipment and trademark put up for sale, at the end of the year.

But wait! There's more...the Celis brewing equipment was purchased by Michigan Brewing in 2002, and they have revived the Celis brands.

Updated: January 21, 2008

Beer List

    • Date: April 28, 1998 (#2754)
      Package: bottled
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-brown translucent, thick head. Some clove aroma, some solvent. Medium body, some banana flavor. Drying, just a little bitter. Thanks to Stephen Stehle for bringing this bottle from San Antonio!

    • Date: April 28, 1998 (#2756)
      Package: bottled
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright yellow, moderate carbonation and head. Sour banana aroma. Medium body, big banana flavor, bitterish, some alcohol. Thanks to Stephen Stehle for bringing this bottle from San Antonio!
    • Date: June 13, 1993 (#86)
      Package: draught
      Place: St.Mary's College Beer Festival, Moraga CA
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Very pale. Smells a lot like the White, but not as strong. Spicy, but again not as assertive as the White. I'm not familiar with this style.

  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    • Date: April 4, 1995 (#845)
      Package: draught
      Place: Empire Tap Room, Palo Alto CA
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber, big head, pretty flat. Very fresh aroma, great balance. Extremely Chewy! Great malty flavor! Could do with more carbonation. First pint off the keg!
    • Date: January 7, 1995 (#698)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, fine head. Flowery nose. Good body and balance. Nice floral hop flavor. Munich malt? Served too warm. Thanks to Ed Rush for bringing this bottle from Austin.

  • American-Style Pale Ale
    • Date: August 12, 1999 (#3319)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, high carbonation, thick head. Lots of fruity hop aroma. Medium body, big hop flavor, but only mildly bitter, with a fresh malt balance.

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

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    White
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat