In the distance, huge fermentation vats tell me I’ve reached my destination. I’m impressed by the huge modern building in front of me, surrounded by hop fields and fragrant scents. A large portrait of the creator of this titanic brewery welcomes me. André Pecqueur, reigns over a small empire of 400 people, devoted to beer, here in Arques and Saint-Omer. The history of the Goudale brewery, built in record time in 2017, I discover thanks to a film.
I learn that the recipes come from ancient know-how inherited from the Gayant brewery in Douai. Acquired by André Pecqueur, it was reborn here in Arques in an ultra-modern building, where specialty beers are produced. 5 km away, the Saint-Omer brewery produces lighter beers. Mashing, brewing, filtration, fermentation, by the time I leave the screening room, I know everything – well, in theory – about beer making.