Liefmans has been brewing for over 300 years on the same site, making this Belgian brewery something of a living museum. Known for their fruit beers, the characteristic brown colouration, bitterness and sourness of their brews is down to the mineral-rich local waters and the unique yeast strains they use. Spontaneously fermented, Liefmans simply couldn’t be made anywhere else in the world. The brewery has two rather unique claims to fame – they were the first brewery to hand-wrap each bottle in paper, and they were the first Belgian brewery to appoint a female brewmaster, Rosa Merckx. She made their cherry beer so successful that her signature still appears on each bottle.