Leclef Charles (fifth generation Van Breedam) was raised in the Mechelen Brewery. He had a close relationship with his Uncle Michel Van Breedam at Molenberg - Blaasveld where he had preserved the original authenticity of the brewery
In 1990 Charles took over his Uncles Brewery and brought with him a vision of a modernised brewery. After a period of "co-operation" with Riva and John Martin, he decided in 1998 to give new impetus to the brewery. The buildings where restored with major investments to renovate the production equipment and expand the capacity with new beers such as Cuvée van de Keizer, Gouden Carolus Ambrio the Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Gouden Carolus Tripel.
This expansion developed further in 2003 towards distilling, however not traditional Dutch gin as in the previous century, but whiskey. In particular a fine single malt whiskey based on the spirit of Gouden Carolus Tripel beer!