There is never a question that Belgium loves their beer. The Belgium Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating the who’s who of Trappist beers. The 6 Belgian monasteries are commemorated are Chimay, Orval, Achel, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Westvleteren. [StampNews]
The fire, while under investigation seems to have originated from a temporary generator that was put to use after the brewery experienced electrical problems. It seems the brewery was not extensively damaged, and brewing will resume in about a week.
The aging tanks(vats) were undamaged. All the monks (around 15) were able to get out unharmed. More importantly, there are no founded reports of beer damage!
Rochefort was founded in 1595. Their annual output is 18,000 hectoliters. The brewery is located inside Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-RÃ©my.