Pré-ZBF: brewery De Molen joins us

5 02 2009

Fantastic news. De Molen beers will also be available to taste at the pré-ZBF festival. To top it all, brewer Menno will attend the festival on friday. By this weekend I’ll know what beers to add to the beerlist. It’s a great honour for us to have the best brewers to be found in Belgium and the Netherlands as our guests.

One of the beers most probably available at Pré-ZBF

One of the beers most probably available at Pré-ZBF





Pré-ZBF: Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged

5 02 2009

We should start with a confession. This experiment started with a mistake. We were actually brewing a new batch of Alvinne Oud Bruin using the Morpheus wild yeast previously used in Kerasus. Unfortunately and beyond any explanation, we forgot to use roasted malts. Much to our surprise Alvinne Oud Bruin wasn’t brown at all. Instead of using coloured sugars to make up that little mistake, we decided to do something completly different. We put around 40 kg of grapes on this 420 l batch, let it ferment and aged this beer in Bourgogne Oak Barrels. Only 5,5 ABV, but so complex. If wine could taste like beer, it should be something like this ;-).

We will repeat this experiment once a year. Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged vintage 2008, only 563 bottles available.

Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged

last bottle

last bottle





Pré-ZBF: Podge Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged

5 02 2009

It feels like a historical moment in the history of Picobrewery Alvinne. For the very first time we bottled 220 l barrels oak aged beer. Exactly 576 bottles (75 cl) were bottled in less then a hour time :-). This very first bottling is dedicated to the Burgundian Babble Belt (see label).

"Special Burgundian Babble Belt Edition" label

Some pictures of this historical bottling …

Podge Bourgogne Barrel and Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged ready to be bottled

Podge Bourgogne Barrel and Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged ready to be bottled

Now able to bottle 75 cl at Alvinne

numbered bottles (see crowncork)

numbered bottled (see crowncork)

Podge Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged

Podge Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged