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Celis Brewery

Pierre Celis sold his brewery in Belgium and emigrated to Austin in 1992. He formed a new brewery and began brewing beers like those back home. Celis White, a Belgian Witbier, quickly gained cult status. Micheal Jackson, the Beer Hunter, called it his favorite American beer. Celis expanded quickly, too quickly perhaps, and the brewery was sold to Miller Brewing Corporation to help pay off its debts. But the damage had been done. By 2000, Celis brewery ceased production. On July 31, 2002, Michigan Brewing Company of Webberville, Michigan, who had purchased the old Celis brewing equipment from Miller Brewing Company, purchased the rights and recipes to the Celis product line. Their Celis Pale Bock was tapped at their Oktoberfest on September 27, 2002.