In 1986, the brewery definitely takes the big step abroad. Due to the perfect location of the brewery close to the Dutch border, Brouwerij Sterkens quickly gets approached for export. Not only they conquer the Danish, Dutch, English, Swiss and Italian market, but Brouwerij Sterkens is one of the very first to export to the United States of America, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. In June 1987, they ship the first container for export to the USA, fully loaded with 10.000 ceramic bottles of St. Sebastiaan. Meanwhile, the beers of Sterkens find their way to Japan and Taiwan too. They even establish a subsidiary brewery in the US.