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Lambic Blending Experience – 8 & 9 September 2018

20170411_090950A unique opportunity to try lambic of Oud Beersel from different barrels and different ages. You will be able to order these beers at the bar or while participating at one of the blending session (45 minutes). Free brewery visits are provided (30 minutes) all day. Some of these Lambics will be available for purchase at our shop during the event.

Very unique, 10 different straight Lambics will be served, all from the same recipe, but with a different character: young; 1 year old; 18 months old; 2 years old; 3 years old; wine character; acetic character; Lambic from a pipe, a demi-muids and of a foeder. You will be able to taste them by yourself at the bar or during one of the Lambic Blending sessions where the Lambics will be explained more thoroughly. The Lambics will also be available that weekend for purchase on bag-in-box.

Open as of 10 AM. Last bar tickets sold at 4 PM.

Check our Facebook event page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/oudbeersel/

Happy 2018!

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Toer de Geuze 2017 at Oud Beersel

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SATURDAY, MAY 6th:
9:00 – The Oud Beersel Shop Opens
11:00 – Tours begin, starting every 15 minutes
18:00 – Last Tour of Oud Beersel
18:30 – End of Drink Ticket Sales
19:00 – The Oud Beersel Bar Closes

SUNDAY, MAY 7th:
9:30 to 11:00 – BACON AND EGG BREAKFAST served for visitors by Hoeve Cuvry
9:30 – Bar Opens (coffee and water for breakfast)
10:00 – Tours begin, starting every 15 minutes
16:00 – Last Tour of Oud Beersel
16:45 – End of Drink Ticket Sales
17:00 – The Oud Beersel Bar Closes

FOOD STANDS:
Throughout the day, food will be available from Hoeve Cuvry in 2 stands: the first with ‘pig on a spit’ marinated in our Oude Lambiek, the second with local sausages and hamburgers, served with bread or stoemp.

BEER TASTING:
Each free tour includes a sample of Oude Lambiek from our cellars.

PARKING:
Parking is available in the new Schaarbeek Cherry Orchard behind Oud Beersel (access from Rollebeekstraat).

FOR KIDS:
For children, a bouncy castle and face painting booth are available.

MUSIC
Music will be provided, as usual, by the Pepingen Pipe Band.

Oud Beersel whishes you lots of delicious thirst-quenching moments! Season’s Greetings!

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Welcome to HORECA EXPO 2016 – 20 – 24 November 2016

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Enjoy Toer de Geuze at Oud Beersel on May 3rd 2015

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Oud Beersel wishes you lots of delicious thirst-quenching moments! Season’s Greetings!

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Bersalis Tripel wins Silver and Oude Kriek Oud Beersel Gold at the European Beer Star 2014

The winners of European Beer Star 2014 are selected: Gold Medal for Oude Kriek Oud Beersel and Silver Medal for Bersalis Tripel in Europe’s most important beer competition

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The competition „European Beer Star“ of Private Brauereien, was founded 11 years ago and has become one of the most desired prices of the international brewery sector. This year, Oud Beersel from Beersel, Belgium is again among the winners: The Oude Kriek Oud Beersel was awarded the gold medal and the Bersalis Tripel with Silver Medal at European Beer Star 2014, one of the world’s greatest beer competitions, in the categories Belgian Style Fruit Sour Ale and Belgian Style Tripel!

Never before has it been so difficult to achieve such a result, because the competition was impressive: In total, 1,613 beers from 42 countries were entered – an increase of 7% compared to the record year of 2013! An important element contributing to the prestige of the price is the set of criteria according to which the 105-person-jury, consisting of master brewers, beer sommeliers and recognised beer experts, makes its decisions in a blind tasting: Colour, aroma, taste, aroma profile and the general impression: Exactly as the consumer would evaluate a beer.

“This award makes us particularly proud” because the competition included the best beers from all continents, says a delighted Gert Christiaens, brewmaster of Oud Beersel during the awarding ceremony at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, “the price represents the express recognition of our quality policy and is a flagship of the entire brewery”.

“With the European Beer Star Award we want to recognise beers that are special, created by hand, with a real character, that are great in taste and quality”, says
Dr Werner Glossner, managing director of Private Brauereien, on the idea to create this price, which was initiated in 2004 in cooperation with the Association of Small and Independent Breweries in Europe. The competition is directed at breweries from all over the world which are committed to the traditional European brewing method.

Bersalis Tripel wins Silver at the European Beer Star 2014!

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Double victory for Oud Beersel brewery at Brussels Beer Challenge 2014!

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Leuven, November 2, 2014 • the results of the 3rd edition of the Brussels Beer Challenge, the most important beer competition in Belgium, have just been announced. The Oud Beersel Oude Kriek won gold in the category “Fruit Beer” and Oud Beersel Oude Geuze won silver in the category ‘Lambic and Gueuze. It is not the first time the brewery from the Flemish-Brabant Beersel is awarded such victory. Earlier this year Oud Beersel both won silver at the World Beer Cup and the World Beer Awards.

The Brussels Beer Challenge is a fast growing international beer competition. In total 725 beers (against 592 in 2013) were registered this year, of which 200 beers from 79 Belgian breweries (across 188 beers from 68 Belgian breweries in 2013).

When Gert Christiaens of Oud Beersel heard the news, he said: “We revived Oud Beersel brewery nine years ago to safeguard the traditional lambic beers, with respect for tradition, quality and craft. Awards like these are also a great encouragement to continue on the same path. I am very proud of our Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek. ”

Oude Geuze Oud Beersel wins again a silver medal at World Beer Cup 2014 !

The results of the 10th edition of the World Beer Cup have just been announced. WBC is the most important beer competition in the world . The Oude Geuze Oud Beersel won silver in the category “Belgian Style Sour Ale” and became the first Oude Geuze . Gold went to Oude Kriek Boon Brewery. It is not the first time that brewery Oud Beersel wins prizes at the World Beer Cup. In 2008, the Oude Geuze Oud Beersel has also been awarded a silver award and two years ago the Oude Kriek Oud Beersel won silver.

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The World Beer Cup is held only every two years by the American Brewers Association. This beer contest is the largest and most important in the world. This year, no less than 4754 beers from 1403 breweries from 58 countries participated.

Gert Christiaens of Oud Beersel brewery is particularly delighted with the World Beer Cup Award “Our Oude Geuze , like some of our other beers , cases already won several prizes at international beer competitions. The World Beer Cup is almost considered the ‘Olympics of the beer world’. This international recognition confirms that the traditional lambic beers from the Senne Valley are the best in the world .”

Gert adds: “In recent years we have invested heavily in the barrels arsenal. Last year alone we added 65 oak barrels of 600 liters and three casks of 3800 liters. Moreover, since the end of 2013 , we can even better receive our visitors in our new shop and tasting room. ”

The “price wall” Oud Beersel is gradually filling up. In 2007 Oude Geuze Oud Beersel was named “The World ‘s Best Gueuze” by the magazine ” Beers of the World “. A year later Oud Beersel received a RateBeer 2008 Gold Medal within the Oude Kriek. In 2009 “Beers of the World” called the Oude Kriek Oud Beersel “The World’s Best Kriek/Geuze”. In 2011 Oud Beersel Oude Kriek was voted “Best Belgian Ale“ at the Australian International Beer Awards. In 2012, the Oud Beersel received four medals in Australia: Bersalis Tripel was in its category awarded a silver medal and Bersalis Kadet, the Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek achieved bronze. At the Brussels Beer Challenge 2012 Oude Kriek Oud Beersel won gold and Bersalis Tripel was awarded silver. Oud Beersel brewery won at the Australian International Beer Awards 2013 twice gold, once for her Oude Geuze in the category ” Lambic ” and once for Bersalis Tripel in the category ‘Best Belgian and French Style Ale’ . As a cherry on a pie, the Oude Geuze Oud Beersel was honored with the top award, and named “Champion International Beer” .

Oud Beersel Brewery , founded in 1882 , is located in the Flemish Brabant Beersel . At the end of 2002, the survival of Oud Beersel was threatened by a lack of succession in the family business. In 2005, Gert Christiaens took over the brewery. He started brewing activities again with respect for tradition and craft. Since 2006 Oud Beersel is a member of the High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers ( HORAL ). Oud Beersel currently produces six beers : Oude Lambic , Oude Geuze , Oude Kriek , Framboise , Bersalis Tripel and Bersalis Kadet.

A thirst-quenchening 2014!

OUD BEERSEL HONORED FOR ITS BEERS

Oud Beersel Brewery was lauded at the European Beer Star 2013, Europe’s largest beer competition, for its excellent quality of beers. Oud Beersel was awarded for its Bersalis Tripel silver in the category “Belgian-Style Tripel” and gold for the Oude Kriek Oud Beersel in the category “Belgian-Style Sour Ale Fruit”.

The European Beer Star is one of the most competitive beer competitions in the world. In 2004, in cooperation with the Association of Small and Independent Breweries in Europe, the European Beer Star Award was launched by the Private Brauereien. A total of 1,512 beers from 40 countries participated in the 2013 competition

Oud Beersel, anno 1882, by Gert Christiaens in order to protect in 2005. Revived traditional lambic beers. Recently, the Oude Geuze Oud Beersel was crowned as “Champion International Beer” at the Australian International Beer Awards, the best beer all around the world.

“Bersalis Tripel brought back life to Oud Beersel. It is also thanks to the Bersalis beers that the brewery can continue to grow and that the tradition of the lambic beers can be defended. We are proud that our Bersalis Tripel gets this lovely recognition. Bersalis Tripel matures currently on our wooden barrels for a special edition. ” says Gert Christiaens.

Oude Geuze Oud Beersel Scores Hat-trick ‘Down Under’

May 24th, 2013 • Yesterday, the 21st annual Australian International Beer Awards results were announced. The Oude Gueuze brewed by Oud Beersel won a gold medal in the ‘Lambic’ category and was awarded the trophy for ‘Best Belgian & French Style Ale’. The top accolade ‘Champion International Beer’ also went to Oud Beersel Oude Geuze.

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), organized by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, continues to grow in both entry numbers and world wide reach, firmly establishing itself as the pre-eminent showcase of beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region and as one of the most important beer competitions in the world. A record number of entries were received in 2013. Over 1,480 beers were received from more than 230 brewers in 35 countries.

Gert Christiaens of Oud Beersel brewery was taken by surprise when he heard the news: “In the past our Oude Geuze, as well as some of our other beers, has won several awards in international beer competitions. However, it is the first time that apart from the title in a particular category we are also awarded an international top award. This recognition shows that the traditional lambic beers from the Payottenland and the Senne Valley belong to the league of the world’s best beers.”

When Gert re-opened in 2005 the brewery that had closed down a few years earlier, his aim was to safeguard the traditional lambic beers for future generations. The past years, he invested a significant amount of money and time in the quality of the Oud Beersel beers. This year, Gert acquired 55 oak barrels of 600 litres and three massive wooden barrels of 3,800 litres each. Oud Beersel will also take a new barrel maintenance system into service.

The traditional lambic beers are in high demand, both in Belgium and on the other side of our planet. “It is heartwarming to see that our commitment to the lambic beers is appreciated and that Oude Gueuze is named as the best beer across all beer styles worldwide. This is a tribute to all lambic brewers who have made from their passion their life’s work,” says Gert.

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Oud Beersel, located in Beersel (near Brussels, Belgium), was founded in 1882. Late 2002, the brewery was threatened in its survival by a lack of succession in the family enterprise. In 2005, Gert Christiaens took over Oud Beersel and resumed the brewing activities with respect for tradition and craft. Nowadays, Oud Beersel is producing Oude Lambiek, Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek, Bersalis Tripel, Bersalis Kadet and Framboise. Since 2006, Oud Beersel is a member of HORAL (High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers). In 2009, the brewery won the ‘Ambacht in de Kijker’ (craftsmanship award) and ‘Ultimate SME Makeover’ competitions.

In 2007, Oude Geuze Oud Beersel was named by Beers of the World Magazine ‘The World’s Best Gueuze’. A year later the Oude Geuze took silver at the World Beer Cup 2008 and won a RateBeer 2008 Gold Medal for its Oude Kriek. In 2009, Beers of the World named the Oude Kriek Oud Beersel ‘The World’s Best Kriek’ and the Oude Geuze Oud Beersel ‘The World’s Best Gueuze’. In 2011, Oude Kriek Oud Beersel was voted ‘Best Belgian Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards. Last year, Oud Beersel won four medals at the AIBA: Bersalis Tripel and Bersalis Kadet were awarded a silver medal, and the Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek won a bronze medal. At the Brussels Beer Challenge 2012, Oude Kriek Oud Beersel took gold and Bersalis Tripel silver.

Oud Beersel wishes you lots of delicious thirst-quenching moments! SEASON’S GREETINGS!

Join us on Saturday 15 december 2012 to celebrate!

Oud Beersel wins GOLD and SILVER on the Brussels Beer Challenge

Oud Beersel wins GOLD and SILVER on the Brussels Beer Challenge

On Sunday 4th of november, the Bersalis Tripel of Oud Beersel brewery was rewarded a silver medal and the Oude Kriek Oud Beersel a gold medal on the Brussels Beer Challenge.

The complete overview can be found on the website of the Brussels Beer Challenge.

 

Get on the bus this summer from Brussels to Beersel: Lambic Discovery Tour

Six Saturdays during summer time, a bus will bring you from Brussels Central Station to visit Oud Beersel brewery and the visitor Center ‘De Lambiek’. A unique opportunity if you are comming to Brussels this summer but you do not have a car. For more information look on www.lambicdiscovery.be or call to +32 2 359 16 36.

Oude Kriek Oud Beersel wins Silver on the World Beer Cup 2012

The Oude Kriek of Oud Beersel has won a Silver medal on the World Beer Cup at San Diego, USA. At the end of last year, it has been elected as Best Belgian & French Ale by the Australian International Beer Awards.

More information can be found on the following link http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/WBC12-Winners-List.pdf.

Join us to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the reopening of Oud Beersel

On Saturday, November 26, 2011, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the reopening of the brewery.
Many people gathered at the end of November 2005 to attend the reopening of Oud Beersel with Bersalis Tripel and under a magnificent snow storm.

Thanks to the sales of the Bersalis beers we continue to invest in the survival of the traditional lambic beers from Oud Beersel.

Come and join us on Saturday, November 26 between 11am and 2pm to enjoy a delicious Bersalis beer!
Bersalis, bringing life to the brewery!

Oude Geuze Oud Beersel elected as World’s Best Gueuze

On Wednesday 26st of October 2011, the Oude Geuze Oud Beersel has been elected as Europe’s Best Gueuze and World’s Best Gueuze by Beer of the World 2011.

Bersalis Tripel has won bronze at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2011

Visit to the Zennevalei in Belgium

The beers of Greater Brussel’s Oud Beersel brewery include the cherry-infused Oude Kriek, left, and Oude Geuze.

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Californian flavour at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards

Californian brewery, Moylan’s Brewing Co, was awarded the prestigious Champion Exhibitor Trophy and the Trophy for Champion Small Brewery, at the 19th annual Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) recently at an awards presentation dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.
Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) in conjunction with the University of Ballarat, the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region awarded 15 of the 17 Champion Trophies on offer, with seven presented to international breweries and eight to Australians.

The beer loving United States proved its brewing excellence, taking out five of the trophies with New Zealand and Belgian breweries achieving one each. On home soil, West Australian breweries stole the show achieving four trophies, and two trophies were awarded to Victoria and New South Wales.

It was a big year for consecutive wins with Feral Brewing company of Western Australia again achieving the Champion Ale Trophy and Victoria’s 2 Brothers Brewery holding onto The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer. 2 Brothers Brewery were also awarded the trophy for Champion Scotch Ale and Barley Wines.

The newly introduced Champion Low Alcohol Beer Trophy and the Gluten Free Beer Trophy – which was introduced in 2010 – were not awarded this year, whilst the quality of the beers submitted were high the judging panel were not able to award a champion trophy for these two classes this year to remain true to the competitions high benchmarking standards.

AIBA Committee Chairman and Chief Judge, Mr Peter Manders, said the Awards, which celebrate world class brewing and beer craftsmanship on an international stage, has become the brewing industry event of the year.

‘The 1195 entries received from 34 countries around the world this year were all of an exceptionally high standard. With an increase in entries from the US and South-East Asian and Scandinavian regions, the AIBA grows in reach each year,’ Mr Manders said.

‘The AIBA’s global reputation has been reinforced by the addition of some of the world’s most highly esteemed industry personnel, and this year 13 international judges joined the panel of 44, the largest contingent of internationals in the history of the event.’

Judges included Mr Isara Khaola-iead of Bangkok, Dr Fritz Briem of Germany, Paul Gatza of Canada, Jaime Jurado of the United States and the United Kingdom’s Dr Bill Simpson, Simon Jackson and Ryouji Oda, from Japan, as well as numerous representatives from New Zealand.

In Melbourne, the Beer Awards celebrations have been extended to a full week of beer events celebrating ‘good beer’ during Good Beer Week. Good Beer Week has come together as the result of a dedicated group of industry professionals and the Victorian brewing community supporting this new initiative.

‘The AIBA extends our thanks to this group. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new initiative and will continue to support their endeavours,’ said Mr Manders.

The winners, announced at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) presentation dinner, were as follows:

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor – Hopworks Urban Brewery, Oregon, USA;

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Trophy for Champion Exhibitor for the Highest Scoring Exhibitor – Moylan’s Brewing Co., California, USA

Labelmakers Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA

Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Small Brewery – Moylan’s Brewing Co, California, USA

The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia

Hop Products Australia Trophy for Champion Lager – Cowaramup Pilsner, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia

Cryer Malt Trophy for Champion Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia

Beer & Brewer Magazine Trophy for Champion Porter – Walkers Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California, USA

Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Stout – Craftsman Oatmeal, Renaissance Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand

TAC Trophy for Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer – The Monk Mild, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen, Western Australia, Australia

University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Wheat Beer – Sou West Wheat, Bootleg Brewery, Western Australia, Australia

Weyermann Specialty Malting Company Trophy for Champion Belgian & French Ales – Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium

University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia

National Liquor News Trophy for Champion Hybrid Beer – Vanilla Milk Stout, Thirsty Crow, New South Wales, Australia

Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Packaging Award – Gage Pils 3.5, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd

Champion Gluten Free Beer – No trophy awarded

TAC Trophy for Champion Low Alcohol Beer – No trophy awarded

About the Australian International Beer Awards:

Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and the University of Ballarat, the Australian International Beer Awards is the pre-eminent showcase of beer and brewing excellence in the Asia-Pacific region. Now in its 19th year, the annual awards draw exhibits from across the world, with 2011 seeing more than 1,100 brews entered from countries including Japan, Germany, Brazil, Denmark and the US. This year’s judging panel, made up of 44 Australian and international industry experts, includes representatives from Thailand, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Source: VisitVineyards.com

Gert Christiaens received at the official residence of the Prime Minister

On Monday, May 23, 2011, brewer Gert Christiaens was received at the official residence of Prime Minister Yves Leterme and received by Minister of SME and independents Sabine Laruelle for a ceremony to congratulate the representatives of the artisans in Belgium.

AIBA 2011 Trophy Winners

Here is the full list of winners at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, announced at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 20, 2011. Only 15 of 17 trophies were awards this year as the judges felt none of the beers in the Low Alcohol Beer and Gluten Free Beer categories were up to gold medal standard.

• Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor – Hopworks Urban Brewery, Oregon, USA
• Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Trophy for Champion Exhibitor for the Highest Scoring Exhibitor – Moylan‟s Brewing Co., California, USA
• Labelmakers Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA
• Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Small Brewery – Moylan‟s Brewing Co, California, USA
• The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
• Hop Products Australia Trophy for Champion Lager – Cowaramup Pilsner, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
• Cryer Malt Trophy for Champion Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
• Beer & Brewer Magazine Trophy for Champion Porter – Walkers Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California, USA
• Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Stout – Craftsman Oatmeal, Renaissance Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand
• TAC Trophy for Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer – The Monk Mild, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen, Western Australia, Australia
• University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Wheat Beer – Sou West Wheat, Bootleg Brewery, Western Australia, Australia
• Weyermann Specialty Malting Company Trophy for Champion Belgian & French Ales – Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
• University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
• National Liquor News Trophy for Champion Hybrid Beer – Vanilla Milk Stout, Thirsty Crow, New South Wales, Australia
• Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Packaging Award – Gage Pils 3.5, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd
• Champion Gluten Free Beer – No trophy awarded
• TAC Trophy for Champion Low Alcohol Beer – No trophy awarded

Source: http://craftypint.com

Oude Kriek Oud Beersel Wins ‘Best Belgian Style Ale’ Trophy at Australian International Beer Awards 2011

21 May 2011 • Oud Beersel was the only Belgian brewery to be awarded one of the main trophies at the 19th annual Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) in Melbourne (Australia) on Friday evening, 20 May 2011. In the categorie ‘Best Belgian and French Style Ales’ Oude Kriek Oud Beersel took the trophy. In addition, Oude Geuze Oud Beersel and Bersalis Kadet were attributed respectively a silver and bronze medal. Californian brewery, Moylan’s Brewing Co, was awarded the prestigious Champion Exhibitor Trophy and the Trophy for Champion Small Brewery.

This year, 1195 entries were received from 34 countries. From the total pool of entries, 550 were international submissions, up from 495 in 2010. The United States proved its brewing excellence, taking out five of the trophies with New Zealand and Belgian breweries achieving one each. All other awards went to Australian breweries.

The newly introduced Champion Low Alcohol Beer Trophy and the Gluten Free Beer Trophy – which was introduced in 2010 – were not awarded this year, whilst the quality of the beers submitted were high the judging panel were not able to award a champion trophy for these two classes this year to remain true to the competitions high benchmarking standards.

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region, is conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) in conjunction with the University of Ballarat. Since its inception in 1993, the AIBA has received a steady increase of entries, with brews now received from more than 30 countries.

It is not the first time that Oud Beersel won an important prize at an international beer competition. In 2007, Beers of the World magazine named Oude Geuze Oud Beersel ‘The World’s Best Gueuze’. A year later the Belgian lambic brewery was awarded silver at the World Beer Cup 2008 for its Oude Geuze and also got a Ratebeer 2008 Gold Medal for its Oude Kriek. In 2009, Beers of the World named Oude Kriek Oud Beersel ‘The World’s Best Kriek’, Oude Geuze Oud Beersel ‘The World’s Best Gueuze’ and gave Bersalis Tripel in the category ‘World’s Best Abbey Ale’ a ‘high commendation’. Furthermore, Oud Beersel brewery won the Belgian Craft Company Competition (Ambacht in de Kijker) and the Ultimate SME Makeover Competion 2009.
www.beerawards.com

About Oud Beersel
Oud Beersel brewery, established in 1882, is located in the municipality of Beersel, less than 10 miles from Brussels (Belgium). This authentic lambic brewery is well known for its lambic beer brewed along traditional brewing methods. Due to the absence of succession in the family business at the end of 2002, the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel were threatened to disappear. In 2005, Gert Christiaens took over the brewery in 2005 to protect the time-honoured lambic beers and the cultural and historical patrimony of Oud Beersel for the coming generations. The traditional part of the production process of the lambic beers, in particular the spontaneous fermentation, the maturation of lambic in wooden barrels and the mixture of various lambic casks and vintages constitutes the core business of the company. At present, Oud Beersel is producing four 4 beers: oude geuze, oude kriek, as wel as the high fermentation ales Bersalis Tripel and Bersalis Kadet. Since 2006 Oud Beersel is member of the High Council for Artisanal lambic Beers (HORAL).
www.oudbeersel.com

The winners of the Australian International Beer Awards 2011 are as follows:

•Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor – Hopworks Urban Brewery, Oregon, USA
•Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Trophy for Champion Exhibitor for the Highest Scoring Exhibitor – Moylan’s Brewing Co., California, USA
•Labelmakers Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA
•Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Small Brewery – Moylan’s Brewing Co, California, USA
•The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
•Hop Products Australia Trophy for Champion Lager – Cowaramup Pilsner, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
•Cryer Malt Trophy for Champion Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
•Beer & Brewer Magazine Trophy for Champion Porter – Walkers Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California, USA
•Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Stout – Craftsman Oatmeal, Renaissance Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand
•TAC Trophy for Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer – The Monk Mild, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen, Western Australia, Australia
•University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Wheat Beer – Sou West Wheat, Bootleg Brewery, Western Australia, Australia
•Weyermann Specialty Malting Company Trophy for Champion Belgian & French Ales – Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
•University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
•National Liquor News Trophy for Champion Hybrid Beer – Vanilla Milk Stout, Thirsty Crow, New South Wales, Australia
•Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Packaging Award – Gage Pils 3.5, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd
•Champion Gluten Free Beer – No trophy awarded
•TAC Trophy for Champion Low Alcohol Beer – No trophy awarded

Press relations: Yves Panneels, tel. 0498 522 322, oudbeersel@force3.be

Californian Flavour At The 2011 Australian International Beer Awards

Australia’s beer night of nights saw US brewery Moylan’s Brewing Co. take out the Champion Exhibitor Trophy and Champion Small Brewery.

Californian brewery, Moylan’s Brewing Co, was awarded the prestigious Champion Exhibitor Trophy and the Trophy for Champion Small Brewery, at the 19th annual Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) on Friday at an awards presentation dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) in conjunction with the University of Ballarat, the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region awarded 15 of the 17 Champion Trophies on offer, with seven presented to international breweries and eight to Australians.

The beer loving United States proved its brewing excellence, taking out five of the trophies with New Zealand and Belgian breweries achieving one each. On home soil, West Australian breweries stole the show achieving four trophies, and two trophies were awarded to Victoria and New South Wales.

It was a big year for consecutive wins with Feral Brewing company of Western Australia again achieving the Champion Ale Trophy and Victoria‟s 2 Brothers Brewery holding onto The Premier‟s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer. 2 Brothers Brewery were also awarded the trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines.

The newly introduced Champion Low Alcohol Beer Trophy and the Gluten Free Beer Trophy – which was introduced in 2010 – were not awarded this year, whilst the quality of the beers submitted were high the judging panel were not able to award a champion trophy for these two classes this year to remain true to the competitions high benchmarking standards.

AIBA Committee Chairman and Chief Judge, Mr Peter Manders, said the Awards, which celebrate world class brewing and beer craftsmanship on an international stage, has become the brewing industry event of the year.

“The 1195 entries received from 34 countries around the world this year were all of an exceptionally high standard. With an increase in entries from the US and South-East Asian and Scandinavian regions, the AIBA grows in reach each year,” Mr Manders said.

“The AIBA‟s global reputation has been reinforced by the addition of some of the world‟s most highly esteemed industry personnel, and this year 13 international judges joined the panel of 44, the largest contingent of internationals in the history of the event.”

Judges included Mr Isara Khaola-iead of Bangkok, Dr Fritz Briem of Germany, Paul Gatza of Canada, Jaime Jurado of the United States and the United Kingdom‟s Dr Bill Simpson, Simon Jackson and Ryouji Oda, from Japan, as well as numerous representatives from New Zealand.

In Melbourne, the Beer Awards celebrations have been extended to a full week of beer events celebrating „good beer‟ during Good Beer Week. Good Beer Week has come together as the result of a dedicated group of industry professionals and the Victorian brewing community supporting this new initiative.

“The AIBA extends our thanks to this group. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new initiative and will continue to support their endeavours,” said Mr Manders.

The winners, announced at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) presentation dinner, were as follows:
Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor – Hopworks Urban Brewery, Oregon, USA

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Trophy for Champion Exhibitor for the Highest Scoring Exhibitor – Moylan‟s Brewing Co., California, USA

Labelmakers Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA
Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Small Brewery – Moylan‟s Brewing Co, California, USA
The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
Hop Products Australia Trophy for Champion Lager – Cowaramup Pilsner, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
Cryer Malt Trophy for Champion Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
Beer & Brewer Magazine Trophy for Champion Porter – Walkers Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California, USA
Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Stout – Craftsman Oatmeal, Renaissance Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand
TAC Trophy for Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer – The Monk Mild, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen, Western Australia, Australia
University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Wheat Beer – Sou West Wheat, Bootleg Brewery, Western Australia, Australia
Weyermann Specialty Malting Company Trophy for Champion Belgian & French Ales – Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
National Liquor News Trophy for Champion Hybrid Beer – Vanilla Milk Stout, Thirsty Crow, New South Wales, Australia
Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Packaging Award – Gage Pils 3.5, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd
Champion Gluten Free Beer – No trophy awarded
TAC Trophy for Champion Low Alcohol Beer – No trophy awarded

Source: http://www.beerandbrewer.com/

US reigns despite Australia’s strong result

Moylan’s Brewing Company of Novato, California USA, is Champion Exhibitor of the 19th Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Moylan’s cemented the AIBA’s prestigious accolade for the highest scoring exhibitor after it was also announced as the Champion Small Brewery. It was a similar scenario to last year’s AIBA’s at which Nøgne Ø — Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri of Norway took home both categories.

Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) in conjunction with the University of Ballarat, the Australian International Beer Awards brought the Australian and international brewing communities together tonight with a gala awards presentation dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

The United States proved all conquering with a diverse array of beers, winning 5 Champion Trophies, including both Champion Small and Champion Larger breweries.

AIBA Committee Chairman and Chief Judge, Peter Manders, reflected that the success of international entries at the awards is incentive for Australia’s local brewing industry to lift their standards to meet the high benchmarking standards of international beer judged.

Though Australian brewers still collected an impressive seven brewing trophies, plus a packaging award.

In an interesting sidelight about the purpose and nature of the awards, few of the competition’s international winners have beers available in Australia. However, Mr Manders told Australian Brews News that the AIBA are a truly international competition setting a high standard and are not a measure beers in Australia.

“The AIBA’s global reputation has been reinforced by the addition of some of the world’s most highly esteemed industry personnel, and this year 13 international judges joined the panel of 44.”

“The 1195 entries received from 34 countries around the world this year were all of an exceptionally high standard. With an increase in entries from the US and South-East Asian and Scandinavian regions, the AIBA grows in reach each year,” Mr Manders said. From the total pool of entries, 550 were international submissions, up from 495 in 2010.

In the local battle to claim Australia’s crown as the home of craft beer, Western Australia once again took the honours with 5 different WA based breweries claiming Champion Trophies over the 2 won by Victorian brewery, 2 Brothers. Despite perceptions that the gravity of Australia’s craft brewing scene is shifting towards Melbourne, the standard of beers produced by the Western Australian breweries continues to be world class. This was further highlighted in the catalogue of medal winners, which saw Western Australian breweries receiving 8 of the 29 Gold Medals awarded by the AIBA judges.

The other successful Australian brewery was the brand new Thirsty Crow microbrewery located in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The 500L capacity brewery was only opened to the public earlier this year and produces six beers year round and several seasonal brews.

The 2011 Champions of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) are:

•Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Trophy for Champion Exhibitor for the Highest Scoring Exhibitor – Moylan‟s Brewing Co., California, USA
•Labelmakers Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, USA
•Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Small Brewery – Moylan’s Brewing Co, California, USA
•The Premier’s Trophy for the Best Victorian Beer – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
•Hop Products Australia Trophy for Champion Lager – Cowaramup Pilsner, Cowaramup Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
•Cryer Malt Trophy for Champion Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
•Beer & Brewer Magazine Trophy for Champion Porter – Walkers Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California, USA
•Cleanevent Trophy for Champion Stout – Craftsman Oatmeal, Renaissance Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand
•TAC Trophy for Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer – The Monk Mild, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen, Western Australia, Australia
•University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Wheat Beer – Sou West Wheat, Bootleg Brewery, Western Australia, Australia
•Weyermann Specialty Malting Company Trophy for Champion Belgian & French Ales – Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
•University of Ballarat Trophy for Champion Scotch Ale & Barley Wines – Guvnor, 2 Brothers Brewery, Victoria, Australia
•National Liquor News Trophy for Champion Hybrid Beer – Vanilla Milk Stout, Thirsty Crow, New South Wales, Australia
•Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Packaging Award – Gage Pils 3.5, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd, WA Australia
•Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor – Hopworks Urban Brewery, Oregon, USA
No Champion trophy was awarded for both the Gluten Free Beer or Champion Low Alcohol Beer categories. The AIBA media release notes “whilst the quality of the beers submitted were high the judging panel were not able to award a champion trophy for these two classes this year to remain true to the competitions high benchmarking standards.”

2011 Gold Medal Winners

•Lager Packaged — Pilsner: “Hoppbier”, Boatrocker Brewing Company
•Lager Draught — Pilsner: “Conwaramup Pilsner”, Cowaramup Brewing Company
•Ale Packaged — British Style Pale Ale: “Moa 5 Hop Ale”, Moa Brewing Company
•Ale Packaged — American Style Pale Ale: “Hix Pale”, Hickinbotham of Dromana; “G’Knight Imperial Red”, Oskar Blues Brewing; “Hop Hog”, Feral Brewing Company
•Ale Packaged — Dark Ale: “Moylander Double India Pale Ale”, Moylan’s Brewing Co
•Ale Packaged — Other: “Big Swell IPA”, Maui Brewing Co; “Detour”, Uinta Brewing Co; “Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale”, Moylan’s Brewing Co; “Imperial Brown Ale”, Nøgne Ø — Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri
•Ale Draught — Australian Style Ale: “Nail Ale”, Nail Brewing Company
•Ale Draught — Australian Style Pale Ale: “Hop Hog”, Feral Brewing Company
•Ale Draught — Other: “Venom”, Wig & Pen Brewery & Tavern; “Cock & Bull Monk’s Habit”, Steam Brewing Company; “Fantapants”, Feral Brewing Company
•Porter Packaged — “Walkers Reserve”, Firestone Walker Brewing Company
•Stout Packaged — Other: “Craftsman Oatmeal Chocolate Stout”, Renaissance Brewing
•Reduced Alcohol Draught — Lager: “The Monk Mild”, The Monk Brewery & Kitchen
•Wheat Beer Draught — Wheat Beer: “Sou West Wheat”, Bootlet Brewery
•Wheat Beer Draught — German Style Hefewizen: “Weihenstephan Hefeweiss”, Weihenstephan Brewery; “Last Drop Hefeweizen”, Last Drop Brewery
•Belgian and French Style Ales Packaged — Lambic: “Oude Kriek oud Beersel”, Oud Beersel
•Belgian and French Style Ales Draught — Abbey Style, Dubble & Triple: “Mad Abbot Tripel”, The Little Brewing Company
•Belgian and French Style Ales Draught — Other: “The Bald Headed Stagger”, Wig & Pen Brewery & Tavern
•Scotch Ales and Barleywines Packaged — Scotch Ale: “Heavy Horse Scotch Ale”, Big Sky Brewing Co
•Scotch Ales and Barleywines Packaged — Barley / Wheat Wine: “Mirror Mirror Barley Wine”, Deschutes Brewery
•Scotch Ales and Barleywines Draught — Barley / Wheat Wine: “Guvnor”, 2 Brothers Brewery
•Hybrid Beer Packaged — Other: “Youngs Double Chocolate Stout”, Wells & Youngs Brewing Company; “Chocolate Stout”. Rogue Ales
•Hybrid Beer Draught — Herb & Spice: “Vanilla Milk Stout”, Thirsty Crow
•Packaging: “Gage Pils 3.5″, Gage Roads Brewing Co Ltd
For the full listing of results, visit www.beerawards.com

Autor: James Davidson
Source: http://www.brewsnews.com.au

Lambic visitor center “De Lambiek” opens its doors

As of Sunday May 15th, 2011, the lambic visitor center “ De Lambiek” opens its doors to the public. It is the ideal starting point to visit the lambic breweries of the Pajottenland and the Senne Valley. The visitor center is located in 1652 Alsemberg, Gemeenveldstraat 1.

Visitors of “De Lambiek” will be immerged into flavors, tastes, sounds and texture of lambic beers. De Lambiek is open for visit from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM, groups on reservation.

De entrance fee is € 2 per person and € 1 for inhabitants of Beersel, +65 and groups as of 15 people. Entrance for children under 12 years old is free.

More pictures on our fan page.

Info: tel. 02/359.16.36, fax 02/359.16.34, toerisme@beersel.be en www.beersel.be.

Fan page of Oud Beersel online!

Dear friends of Oud Beersel,

We have just launched a new Fan Page of Oud Beersel Brewery on Facebook. This fan page will regularly be updated with pictures and new events.

Just click on Oud Beersel Fan Page and become fan!

Toer de Geuze on May 1st 2011

On Sunday May 1st 2011, nine members of the High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers (HORAL) open their doors to the public from 10h to 17h . There are continuously guided tours during this 8th edition of the Toer de Geuze. Of course you can enjoy at the breweries a glass of Lambic, Gueuze, Kriek, framboise lambic and other beer. At the breweries, you will be able to enjoy special animation as well that day.

You can visit one or more participating breweries. Admission is free. Reservations are not necessary unless you want a place at one of the HORAL buses.

Of course, you can do the Toer de Geuze with the car or the bike as well. Geuze and other beers are brewed with love. So drink them with intelligence and drive carefully.

At Oud Beersel following activities are organized during the Tour de Geuze 2011:
• For the children: Inflatable castle and make-up stand
• Special effects by Ducrosfx
• Burgundian food: Pig on the spit marinated with lambic beer and sandwiches with quality meat of farm Cuvry; stew with Oude Geuze Oud Beersel and vol au vent prepared by Boelekewis.
• Free brewery tour with a taste of lambic offered
• Musical accompaniment by the local brass band
• Sales of collection bottles
• Bar with beers from Oud Beersel
• Paintball one to one

For more general information on Toer de Geuze 2011, please visit the HORAL website.

Oud Beersel whishes you lots of delicious thirst-quenching moments! Season’s Greetings!

Wort pump returns to the brewery

The authentic wort pump of Oud Beersel was taken away about 18 months ago for extensive analysis and study by the technical institute Sint Jozef. The pump has been completely dismanteld and each piece measured to make a copy of the wort pump for the brewery museum of Bokrijk. Now that the technical institute is finalising the replica, the wort pump was returned polished to Oud Beersel where it gets back its place in the active brewery museum.

Oud Beersel receives an old publicity of former lambic brewery Winderickx

Edgar Winderickx, brewmaster of the former lambic brewery Winderickx, visited Oud Beersel on the fifth anniversary of its restart. Brewmaster Winderickx donated an old publicity dating from 1935 of his brewery to the museum of Old Beersel.

Lambic brewery Oud Beersel flourishes and celebrates

Beersel, November 26th 2010 – The traditional lambic brewery Oud Beersel, anno 1882, flourishes and celebrates the fifth anniversary of the restart of the brewery.

“Do you know what happened on November 25th 2005? The number of active lambic breweries increased again!”
Due to a lack of succession in the family business at the end of 2002, the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel were threatened in their existence. Shocked by the loss of this cultural and historical heritage, the brewery was taken over in 2005 and re-launched with the main purpose of save guarding the traditional lambic beers and the cultural and historical heritage of Oud Beersel for future generations.

“Do you know what happened on November 25th 2005? Bersalis was born!”
At the end of November 2005 Oud Beersel was reborn and Bersalis Tripel was launched to a happy crowd of beer lovers. The launch of Bersalis Tripel was the first step towards the revival of the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel. Revenues from the sale of Bersalis Tripel were in fact used to restart the lambic production, and to put the Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek Oud Beersel back on the market.

“Do you know what happens on November 26th and 27th 2010? We celebrate the fifth anniversary of the restart of the Oud Beersel brewery!”
“Oud Beersel is again an established name in the world of traditional beers,” says Gert Christiaens, owner of Oud Beersel. The brewery makes its largest sales in Belgium, but its beers are widely praised. It sells its beers in several European countries such as i.e. The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Italy, and outside Europe in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

During the last five years, Oud Beersel brewery has undergone an investing metamorphose. Besides the investment in wooden barrels of 650 liters and 4500 liters, the brewery bought a new cleaning plant, installed blending tanks, deployed an ERP software application and upgraded all its isolation, and water and electricity facilities. “These investments further increase the quality of our beers while we can simultaneously meet the growing demand of our customer” said Gert Christiaens.

Oud Beersel received many awards in the past years. Bersalis Tripel, as well as the Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek Oud Beersel have won several international recognitions and the brewery itself was put in the spotlights as the national winner of “Ambacht in de Kijker” (craft in the spotlight) in 2009. Thanks to the votes of its customers Oud Beersel won “Ultimate Business Makeover” by which the brewery could rely on the strength of large companies such as i.e. Microsoft, HP, Belgacom and Electrabel, that supported the further development of the brewery with its products and services.

In the last five years a solid foundation has been created to protect the traditional lambic beers of Oud Beersel. Many effort is now put into the development of a small but efficient structure so that our grandchildren will still be able to enjoy a delicious Oude Geuze.

We celebrate the fifth anniversary of the restart of brewery Oud Beersel!

Brandstorm introduces Oud Beersel beers in Italy

In collaboration with Oud Beersel, Brandstorm introduces the beers of Oud Beersel brewery in Italy. Idros Salsese sas has been appointed as a first distributor of the Oud Beersel beers.

More information on Brandstorm.

Rabbit with Old Gueuze

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit (cut in pieces) or 4 to 5 legs
  • 150 gr low fat bacon
  • 300 gr mushrooms
  • 2 small onions or 1 big one
  • 1 Old Gueuze Oud Beersel
  • flour ( ± 1 tablespoon)
  • olive oil
  • thyme and laurel

Cooking

  • cook the rabbit in olive oil and add salt and pepper
  • add the onion and flour
  • pour in Old Gueuze
  • add thyme and laurel
  • cook for 20 to 25 min.
  • add finely cut mushrooms and cooked bacon (to extract the salt)
  • cook for another ± 15 min.

Serve

  • with garden cress and croquettes or baked potatoes

Brewery Oud Beersel lives 125 years after its founding


Beersel, 2007-09-30

The traditional lambic brewery which closed at the end of 2002, is now due to the efforts of enthusiastic beer lovers fully reopened, and will celebrate it’s 125th birthday on Sunday 14th October.

The reopening of the traditional lambic brewery Oud Beersel at the end of November 2005 helped break the downward cycle of lambic producers. Due to the enthusiastic work by beer lovers and their supporters the Oud Beersel brewery is now more alive than ever.

Bersalis, the blonde character full triple, launched at the re-opening has followed its own publicity by “bringing life back to brew”. Due to the flowing success of this beer sales there is now enough lambic produced in the Brewery to meet the ever increasing demand for the traditional Oude Geuze en Oude Kriek of Oud Beersel.

Enthusiastic beer lovers have now formed a non profit organization “VZW De Geuzen van Oud Beersel”, which aims to promote and protect the traditional lambic beers. Working closely with the Oud Beersel brewery, they will host the 125th Birthday party of Oud Beersel.

This event will begin at 11am on Sunday October 14 with a guided tour around the area of the Brewery, where young and old can get to know all aspects of the traditional Lambic brewery. In the brewery it will be possible to discover all the aspects of the spontaneous fermenting Lambic beers. It will then be possible to sample snacks and more importantly the tasty beers in a festival tent until 7pm.

More information about the festive event can be found in annex.

Double trouble

2006-10-01

The Belgian town of Beersel is blessed with not one but two traditional lambic breweries. Roger Protz visited them.

… It’s a long, steep clamber up from the railway station at Beersel to the small town with its moated castle, built early in the 14th century by the Duke of Brabant to aid the defence of Brussels. When you reach the centre of Beersel you can refresh yourself with beers that form a style – lambic and gueuze – that may be older than even the sturdy, brownstone castle.

To call lambic and gueuze beers “medieval” makes them seem a trifle sudden. The town of Lembeek in Payottenland – from which it is thought the name lambic derives – had a guild of brewers as early as the 15th century. But the style is certainly older. It is a rural one, confined to Payottenland and the valley of the River Senne, with roots that go back to the dawn of brewing 3,000 years BC, when a lifeenhancing drink made from sodden grain was fermented by wild, airborn yeasts.

Remarkably, in an age of identikit global lager brands, lambic and gueuze are enjoying a revival. If you offered the average drinker a beer with the warning that it was sour, cidery and vinous, with no detectable hop character, they might decide to stick with Stella. But they would be missing out.

It is fitting that in a place called Beersel the lambic revival is in full swing.

… the upheaval in the lambic industry in recent years: Health inspectors descended on breweries in 2002 and 2003, demanding they be cleaned up.
Brewers of lambic traditionally encourage wild yeasts to grow on walls while spiders spin webs between casks to catch and kill fruit flies.

At first the inspectors wanted completely sterile conditions, with scrubbed, whitewashed walls. A compromise was reached: walls can be left unpainted but the spiders and their webs had to go.

Shocked by the attack of the health brigade and alarmed by the spread of sweet, sticky commercial lambics such as InBev’s Belle Vue, the traditionalists formed HORAL, which translates as the High Commission for Artisanal Lambic Beers.

In a sense, the true brewers of what they called Oude or Old Lambic, which must contain a proportion of three year-old beer, are attempting to protect their heritage in the same manner as the Belgian Trappist monks have done to distinguish their ales from commercial “abbey beers”.

It was the health inspection that forced Beersel’s other lambic producer, Henri Vandervelden, to give up in disgust in 2002. At the age of 80 he was due to retire, having worked in his family’s Oud Beersel brewery since he was 25. His beers were greatly respected and were widely available in bars throughout Belgium as well as in his own café (now closed) next to the brewery. Henri’s mantle has been taken up by two young lambic enthusiasts, Roland De Bus and Gert Christiaens.

Their enthusiasm was underscored when Gert bounded out of the delivery bay to greet me and then the two of them took me on a rapid, breathless tour of the 45-hectolitre plant.

They said Henri received thousands of messages begging him to restart brewing and they plan to meet that demand.
The stock of lambic had been sold to Frank Boon and Gert and Roland, who took over the plant in 2005, have had to start from scratch.

“We tried to get loans from the banks,” Roland said, “but their answer was that they couldn’t support a business where it takes so long to produce anything. Finally we found a regional bank that was willing to help but also had to invest our own money.”

“Henri passed on his knowledge to us,” Gert added. “But first we had to renovate the buildings.”

It is a classic lambic brewery with a mash tun and copper feeding the cool ship in the attic. The cellars are packed with giant wooden casks where their beers will be stored.

They are currently conducting trial brews and are selling an Oud Beersel Kriek at 6.5% using beer bought from another lambic producer. It has a deep, burnished red colour, a massive aroma of almonds and tart fruit, dry, nutty but not sour in the mouth, with a dry, tart and fruity finish.

They hope to have Oud Gueuze ready to taste by 2007. In the meantime, to help them survive while they perfect their own beers, Gert and Roland are selling a 9.5% beer called Bersalis, using the old Roman name for Beersel.

It is brewed for them by the Huyghe brewery near Ghent. It is the Belgian style known as Tripel, a strong pale ale with, in this case, the addition of spices. It has a big fruit gums and hop resins aroma, with rich fruit, juicy malt, spices and hops in the mouth, and a long finish that is bitter-sweet with creamy malt, tangy fruit and bitter hops.

“It is bringing life back to the brewery,” Gert said.
We’ll all drink to that.

What is lambic?

Lambic and its blended form of gueuze are beers protected by both Belgian and EU laws.
At least 30 per cent of the mash must be made up of unmalted wheat, with the rest of the mash comprised of malted barley. Only aged hops are used. The sweet extract is attacked by wild yeasts in the atmosphere: research at Leuven University has found that as many as 35 different strains of yeast in the air and in the wooden casks ferment and re-ferment the liquid. The main strain of yeast is known by its scientific name of Brettanomyces.
Lambic is normally served on draught while gueuze is a bottled blend of young and old lambics. When cherries are added to lambic the beer is called Kriek from the Flemish for cherry. Raspberry beers are known as Frambozen or Framboise. The use of fruit starts yet another fermentation in cask.

HORAL is attempting to protect the heritage of true lambic beer and to distinguish it from the commercial beers made by such large groups as InBev, St Louis, Timmermans and Lindemans, some of whom have made “fruit lambics” with additions as banana and peppermint.
Some recommended lambic and gueuze producers are: Boon. Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, De Cam, Girardin, Hanssens and De Keersmaeker, with Oud Beersel to come


Brouwerij Oud Beersel,
230 Laarheidestraat,
1650 Beersel,
Belgium.
Email: info@oudbeersel.com

Website: www.oudbeersel.com
Brewery tours every Saturday (except for public holidays)
9am-4pm
Getting to Beersel: eight kilometres/six miles from Brussels, Eig exit 19. The town is the Halle to Mechelen train line (weekdays only), with regular trains from Brussels

Source: Beers Of The World – 2006-10-01

Petition to Save Old Beersel: Successful Outcome

The Oud Beersel, in Beersel, Belgium, was one of only a handful of traditional Lambic brewers and blenders, when it tragically closed in late 2002. Next door was a marvellously atmospheric bar.

The organisation that promotes Lambic beer, HORAL (Hoge Raad voor Ambachtelijke Lambikbieren) (www.horal.be) (in English, the “High Commission for Artisanal Lambic Beers”), hoped to convert Oud Beersel into a Geuze Museum. Therefore, Zythos, Belgium’s premier beer consumers’ organisation, (www.zythos.be and White Beer Travels Web page), organised a petition to save it.

The petitions was handed over at the “5th Belgian Beer Weekend” that took place in the Grand’Place (Grote Markt), Brussels, in September, 2003. This is organised each year by Belgian Brewers, www.beerparadise.be. The “8th Belgian Beer Weekend” takes place on Friday, the 1st, to Sunday, the 3rd of September, 2006; see the event’s dedicated website for more details, www.belgianbeerweekend.be. The Grand’Place is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, see whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31 for the full, world-wide list. Thus, this beer festival is perhaps the one of only two in the world to take place within a specific UNESCO World Heritage Site, the other being the model village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire, England, which hosts Bradford CAMRA’s annual beer festival.

Note that in 2005, Oud Beersel was acquired by Gert Christiaens and Roland de Bus, who, in 2006, plan to start brewing Lambic again in the Oud Beersel brewery and to produce Gueuze and Kriek from it, see the new place’s website, www.oudbeersel.com.

Your cursor is on a photo of Gert Christiaens and Roland de Bus celebrating the launch of Bersalis, a beer that will be used to finance the reopening of the Oud Beersel Brewery, in Beersel, Belgium. Click on it, to go to the new brewery’s website

Your cursor is on a photo of the Oud Beersel stand at the Zythos Beer Festival, held in Sint-Niklaas, in the Belgian Province of Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders). Click on it, to go to the Oud Beersel website

The photo, above left (© YDS), shows Gert and Roland (from left to right) celebrating the launch of Bersalis, in November, 2005. To finance the operation, Gert and Roland initially produced a non-Lambic beer called Bersalis (9.5%), which they brew themselves at Huyghe (www.delirium.be). This is an excellent, unfiltered Tripel. Seek this out and not only will you be sampling a great beer, but and you will also be helping the return of Oud Beersel Gueuze and Oud Beersel Kriek; on the Bersalis label is the slogan “Bringing Life to the Brew!”. Bersalis (Latin for Beersel) was available at the Zythos Beer Festival (ZBF) (www.zbf.be, White Beer Travels Web page), that took place in March, 2006. Naturally, there was a White Beer Travels group Beer Hunt featuring this top-class event; click here for more details. In the photo, above right, which was taken by John White, in March, 2006, at the ZBF, Gert and Roland can be seen on the Oud Beersel stand.

Ironically, the truly wonderful news, in 2005, of the saving of Oud Beersel, was announced just one day before that load of Bankers, InBev, declared that they were to close the Hoegaarden Brewery, in Hoegaarden. This is covered next.

Source: www.whitebeertravels.co.uk
Author: Roger Protz

The Oud Beersel Brewery shows the first little steps of Bersalis


Beersel, 2006-05-25

The first little steps of Bersalis lead to a limited production of the traditional Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek Oud Beersel.

On the 25th of November Roland De Bus and Gert Christiaens reopened the doors of the traditional lambic Brewery Oud Beersel. They launched the charismatic Bersalis Triple beer which, since then, is being savoured by many beer lovers.

The aim of the two brewers is to revive the original Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek from Oud Beersel. Today, six months after the reopening, you can enjoy Bersalis in various shops and bars. The sales of Bersalis help the Oud Beersel Brewery to restart the lambic production and to bring the old brewery back to life.

On the 18th of January the brewery became a member of HORAL (Hoge Raad voor Ambachtelijke Lambikbieren: The High Council of Artisanal Lambic beers). Gert and Roland thank the HORAL for their support to restart the Brewery and to preserve the Oud Beersel Oud Geuze and Oude Kriek. They also give special thanks to Armand De Belder and Frank Boon for their contribution to the revival of the brewery.

Roland and Gert both continue to work hard to put the Oud Beersel Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek back on the market. After some heavy reconstruction in the brewery, the wooden casks were restored and watered down to be able to let the lambic ripe smoothly. Gert & Roland, the successors of the brewing engineer Henri Vandervelden, brewed their first lambic, with Henri’s assistance and experience according to the original recipe of Oud Beersel. The Oude Lambic, which they brewed 3 years ago, is now ready to be assembled. Roland & Gert proudly present to you the first new production of Oud Beersel Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek. The Oud Beersel Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek will only be available while stocks last. These first bottles show the determination of the Oud Beersel Brewery in reviving these traditional and artisanal beers.

The sales of Bersalis will determine when the beer lover will be able to enjoy the Oud Beersel Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek again. They both hope to achieve this in 2007. Bersalis, bringing life to the brew.

Oud Beersel Brewery, in Beersel, Belgium, Reopens

Oud Beersel, in Beersel, Belgium (Laarheidestraat 230), was one of only a handful of traditional Lambic brewers and blenders, when it tragically closed in late 2002. Next door was a marvellously atmospheric bar.

Thankfully, after nearly three years of doubt as to its future, Oud Beersel has been acquired by Gert Christiaens and Roland de Bus, who, in 2006, will be brewing Lambic again in Oud Beersel and to produce Gueuze and Kriek from the Lambic, see the new place’s website, www.oudbeersel.com. Ironically, this truly wonderful news was announced just one day before InBev declared that they were going to close the Hoegaarden Brewery (check on www.whitebeertravels.co.uk for more details).

The photo, above left (© YDS), shows Gert and Roland (from left to right) celebrating the launch of Bersalis, in November, 2005. To finance the operation, Gert and Roland initially produced a non-Lambic beer called Bersalis (9.5%), which they brew themselves at Huyghe (www.delirium.be). This is an excellent, unfiltered Tripel. Seek this out and not only will you be sampling a great beer, but and you will also be helping the return of Oud Beersel Gueuze and Oud Beersel Kriek; on the Bersalis label is the slogan “Bringing Life to the Brew!”. Bersalis (Latin for Beersel) was available at the Zythos Beer Festival (ZBF) (www.zbf.be, White Beer Travels Web page), that took place in March, 2006. Naturally, there was a White Beer Travels group Beer Hunt featuring this top-class event; (check on www.whitebeertravels.co.uk for more details). In the photo, above right, which was taken by John White, in March, 2006, at the ZBF, Gert and Roland can be seen on the Oud Beersel stand.

Bersalis, bringing life to the brewery Oud Beersel

Beersel, 2005-11-25

Roland & Gert, both from Pajottenland, launch their new beer Bersalis. With the launch of this beer they are also reopening the Oud Beersel lambic brewery. This new beer will literally breathe life into the brewery as the income from the beer will be used to restart the production of lambic.

Starting in 2003, Roland & Gert joined forces to rescue the lambic brewery from its state of disuse.

The brewery closed down due to a lack of obvious successors at a time when the industry was under great financial pressure. During that period food hygiene became a hot topic, which brought even more pressure to the lambic breweries. The lambic sector, beer associations, the political arena and lots of beer enthusiasts have joined together to protect the sector. Roland and Gert deliberately remained in the background in order to concentrate on what was best for the Oud Beersel brewery.

Their love for lambic began in their youth. Gert, coming from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw regularly enjoyed an Old Gueuze or an Old Kriek from a dusty cellar covered in cobwebs. Roland, from Molenbeek has always carried a stirrer and a sugar cube just in case he came across a lambic or an Old Gueuze.

As lovers of the strong character of the Old Gueuze and Old Kriek from Oud Beersel they were heartbroken when the Oud Beersel brewery was closed. They could not stand by and let this happen so they contacted Henri Vandervelden, the owner of the brewery. After speaking to Henri they decided to take over the brewery and learn the skills required for producing the special Oud Beersel brews. Brewing courses including malt and fermentation were taken at the CTL in Ghent and this was combined with Henri’s inside knowledge of the industry.

Now they are ready to unleash their first beer. Bersalis is the name of this triple beer, a reference to the rich and important history of Beersel back in 847 AD, and the historical figures who shaped the history of Pajottenland, Brussels and Brabant.

With Bersalis they have made the first step in reproducing Oude Geuze from Oud Beersel. The income from the beer will be used to restart the production of lambic and eventually Oude Geuze will again be produced by Oud Beersel. Bersalis, bringing life to the brew!