We need to go back in time more then 100 years to explore the origin of this unusual name. About 1910 Mr. Theophile Vossen ran an establishment called “LA COUR ROYALE.” Amongst his many customers were a group of employees working at the National Bank of Belgium. Those employees passed their time in the pub playing a dice game called “421”. Before returning to the office , the employees played a quick last game and the one who lost was called the: “MORT SUBITE” or the sudden death.
Austin, Texas is home to the first Belgian beer bar in the United States. In 1979, just two doors down from Mort Subite Austin, Gambrinus opened its doors selling the first Belgian beer to reach the U.S., Duvel! The bar closed for business in the early 90’s. Mort Subite Austin is proud to bring back to Congress this great passion for Belgian ales!