WHO WE ARE
Founder and Owner
The fourth generation of his family to run the Siphon Restaurant, Jan studied at the famous culinary arts school, the Institut Paul Bocuse in France and gained experience in Michelin Star establishments such as Oud Sluis in the Netherlands and D.O.M. in Brazil. His great grandfather started the Siphon restaurant in 1903 and Jan continues the family tradition of serving quality local ingredients including specialties such as game and smoked eel. With his experience as a chef and cocktail mixer, he ensures that those who come to the Siphon have the opportunity to avail of the best beer and food experience possible.
Founder and Head Brewer
A qualified electrotechnical engineer, foodie, beer lover and home-brewer for more than 10 years, Franklin studied brewing in Ghent and holds a certificate as a Technician in Fermentation Processes. Growing up only a stones throw from the brewery as a Belgian, just across the Dutch border in Sluis, Franklin has brewed collaboration beers with a number of commercial microbreweries in Belgium.
Founder and Brewer
A former lawyer from Ireland, Breandán is a Certified Cicerone®, an IBD accredited beer sommelier, a certified ‘algemene bierkenner’ and an international beer judge. He studied brewing at CVO Panta Rhei in Ghent and in 2015 was named ‘Beer Writer of the Year’ by the British Guild of Beer Writers. He writes about beer for publications in Belgium and around the world including the blog, Belgian Smaak.