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Belgian brewing family plans U.S. micro.

The Sterkens family of Belgium, which runs nine breweries throughout Europe and Asia is planning to open a brewpub in Spring Hill, FL.

In February 2002, the family expects to open the St. Sebastiaan Belgian Microbrewery, complete with a 320-seat restaurant serving French, Belgian and American cuisine. The $2.5-million project will eventually employ between 80 and 90 people.

What is to be Hernando County's first microbrewery, the 10,000-square-foot establishment will focus on beer-making. The copper and stainless steel equipment will be visible through glass panes from U.S. 19.

Serge Van Limbergen, is the co-owner with his girlfriend, Leen Sterkens. With initial help from her uncle, who will fly in from Belgium, Sterkens, 24, will be in charge of brewing the beer and will use recipes not used at the family's other breweries. Though her brother is positioned to take over the family business, Sterkens is the first female brewmaster of her family, whose roots date back to 1654. The first record of beer-making by the Sterkens clan traces back to the year 1731.
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Title Annotation:the Sterkens family's St. Sebastiaan Belgian Microbrewery
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 13, 2001
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