Bert started as a home brewer and decided to study engineering where he graduated from the University of Ghent in 2002 and took an additional year of brewing specialization in 2003.
He did internships at various Belgian breweries like Orval and Rodenbach and an internship at New Belgium brewery in 2002, which was his first introduction to the American craft brewery scene. After these internships, Bert kept in contact with American craft brewers to get a good understanding of the market and the specific processes used to create American style beers. Being a member of the jury at the World Beer Cups from 2006 until present, it gave Bert a good understanding of the brewing evolution in craft brewing.
In 2012 Bert started BOMBrewery, Belgian Original Maltbakery & Brewery, world’s first Maltbakery. Bert as the owner of BOMBrewery is creating new specialty malts for his own Triporteur brand.
Bert is presently doing: consultancy for a Belgian Style start up brewery in Cape Town (South Africa), the rebuilding of the original Pierre Celis brewery in Ausin Texas (brewhouse from 1914) and the startup of the Flemish Fox brewery in Belgium.
Bert is still working at Martens as an independent brewmaster and problem solver.
From big to small, its all about brewing, 24/7!