The 14th century town of Binche is known to connoisseurs, for its pre-Lent carnival with its own traditional masks for the occasion, and a museum that explores these themes. It is situated on the plains between Mons and Charleroi. Opposite the medieval ramparts a maltings and brewery operated for two or three century. The brewery closed in the 1920s, but the maltings continued until the World War II. In the late 1980s the buildings were given the new life by Andre Graux and his wife Francoise Jauson. Their products are being distributed in Italy, France, England, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. Their portfolio consists of three stock ales: Binchoise Blonde 6.5% abv, Binchoise Brune 8.2% abv, Binchoise Reserve 9% abv