St. Bernadus Brewery started out its operation in 1946. It was established in a remote village called Watou in West Flanders, Belgium. The region is ideal for production of hops, which has played an important role in the development of the brewery. In the 1930 to 1940s, the Trappist monks from Mont de Cats came to Watou. They took with them their talent and skill for producing craft beers and cheese. The brewery has managed to expand over the years. St. Bernadus Brewery is known for its dark and blond abbey ales that started out in 1946. Beers are strictly brewed with local malts, yeasts and hops that are grown from the local farm.