1075: The "Les Augustins" congregation moved to the abbey.
1139: The priory was affiliated with the Saint-Augustin canons and constructed the first buildings for the future brewery. The brewery was operational in 1550 under Abbot Philippe d'Orjo (1545-1555) and his impressive tombstone is preserved in the church. Renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries, the brewery is the oldest part of the complex of buildings in Béthanie.
In 1921, the Ladies of Christian Teaching acquired the buildings and made them their main house. The abbey then became an institute for Christian teaching and a boarding school was opened for young girls. In 1977, the institute decided to welcome both genders. Day pupils were admitted. Annexes were constructed and an enclosed bridge above the Roman road allows access to "GOFFART castle" which dates back to 1905. The sports hall was completed in the '90s. The primary school currently has over 400 pupils while the secondary school has over 850.
In 2014, a group of volunteers called "BEERTEAM" decided to launch a beer under the appellation "Cuvée d’Orjo" in memory of the Abbot brewer from 1535 to 1555. Brewed by the FLO microbrewery in Blehen (Hannut) using a small artisanal system with a limited capacity (500l/brew). In the first academic year 2014-2015, almost 9,000 bottles were sold by the school during various internal activities (fancy fair. sports day, Christmas dinner, meals).
As brewing a beer and making profit is not the primary goal of a school, in June 2015, the ASBL "Bières de l’Abbaye de Flône" was founded with its corporate purpose being to improve living conditions within the school, support the school's educational projects and support the abbey's heritage.
The current development of the ASBL's project in the short term is to obtain the label "BIERES BELGES D’ABBAYE" from the Federation of Belgian Brewers.
This required us to work with a new brewer: "La Binchoise" which has a production system that is more suited to the requirements of mass distribution, the team of brewers from "La Binchoise" offers us lots of possibilities for developing our recipes (beer aimed at women, organic, etc) as well as finding affinities with our corporate purpose because they have worked with "La Brogne" and "Bonne Espérance" (Hainaut) abbeys for many years.
This production has been operational since January 2016.
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