Rochefort Trappist Brewery Resurrects It’s 100-Year-Old Beer Recipe

Belgium’s Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, also known as Brasserie Rochefort, or Rochefort Brewery, has been brewing Trappist ales since 1797. For the first time in more than half a century, the historic brewery is releasing a new beer.

Monks at the abbey started producing a blonde Trappist in 1920 but discontinued production after just three years. One hundred years on, that recipe is being revived in Rochefort’s new “Triple Extra.”

“We had been considering making a new blonde beer for a long time, but now the time was right,” the brewery states.

François Mathy, production manager at Rochefort, said the new 8.1-percent ABV blonde beer was inspired by the monk’s original recipe, but “adapted to modern times.”

Those hoping to get their hands on the blonde Trappist may have to wait sometime. As of publishing, it’s unclear where Triple Extra will be sold and how much has been made. Thankfully, it seems like this one is set to stick around for more than three years.

“We have made the first brew and are surprised by the quality of the beer, which is close to the optimum,” Mathy told local Belgian news. “But we will remain attentive to consumers and make possible adjustments in order to further improve it.”

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada speak July 7th 1:00 pm

 

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world speak July 7th at 1:00 pm.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-wine-talks-qa-with-janet-dorozynski-of-global-affairs-canada-tickets-111308560902

About this Event

A wonderful and interactive (Zoom Talk) opportunity to hear from Dr. Dorozynski and learn about Global Affairs Canada export initiatives to promote the sale of Canadian wines and spirits around the world.

About Janet Dorozynski, PhD, DipWSET

Janet Dorozynski has had a multi-faceted career working in and with the international and Canadian wine industry for two decades. While living in Brussels and completing her PhD from Concordia University in Montreal, Janet became captivated by all things wine (and beer, spirits, cider, food…) and in 2000, packed in the books and papers to work for Wines of South Africa at their headquarters in Stellenbosch.

Since returning to Canada, she has worked in international business development, marketing, media, government and public relations and as an educator at Niagara and Algonquin Colleges. Janet currently divides her time between her day job as Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world. She works with the Canadian industry on global export initiatives and manages a programme that assists Canadian embassies around the world to purchase and serve Canadian wine, beer and spirits.

Janet is regularly invited to present and moderate at academic and trade conferences, events and masterclasses as a result of her extensive industry knowledge and tasting widely from all regions of Canada. She holds the WSET Diploma, is a WSET certified educator and a Professional Affiliate of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

On her own time, Janet has been reviewing, writing, traveling to wine regions and judging at competitions in North and South America, Europe and Asia for over twenty years. She is currently a writer and judge at Wine Align, the wine columnist for Luxe Magazine Ottawa, and has written and consulted for The World Atlas of Wine, Gismondi on Wine, Vines Magazine and WineTelevision.com, one of Canada’s earliest online publications and TV series.

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Limited Space.

UK Brewery Samuel Smith Delivers Beer by Shire Horse During Lockdown to Boost Morale

This made my day!

Samuel Smith’s, Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, has set up a Shire horse home-delivery service for the residents of Tadcaster, north Yorkshire.

The service, which was announced this week via their social channels will provide locals with cases of beer, cider, wine, snacks and “potatoes” to customer’s doors while pubs are closed.

The horses are already long-standing employees and are usually brought in to help the brewery team deliver casks in and around Tadcaster, where Samuel Smith’s stables are located.

Simon Crook, stable manager at the brewery, said: “We’re making people’s lives a bit happier, more smilier. The children are absolutely loving it because they’ve got nothing to do now. They come out when they hear us, they’re waving but keeping their distance.”

Customers are being asked to keep two meters away from the cart during delivery, in accordance with the government’s lockdown guidelines.

Samuel Smith’s initiative has already brightened up life in Tadcaster. One customer, who received a delivery last week, said her two children “absolutely loved the horses delivering to us, especially as we see the horses on our walk to school most days but due to the lock-down we haven’t seen them for a while.

The family-run brewery, which was founded in Tadcaster in 1758, set up the traditional-style delivery service 15 years ago, and according to their website everything in the yard “is done quietly because that’s the way the horses like it”.

https://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/

Beer and food pairing potential hailed by top chef

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

A Global Data report shows that 47% of consumers find the concept of pairing food and beer appealing, leaving it behind only wine in terms of popularity.

Joan Roca, chef of Girona’s three Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca – twice voted the world’s best restaurant – told DRN: “Beer gives diversity and complexity and it is being used more in our pairings. 

“Beer has so many opportunities because of its soft palate flavour, and it is bitter and sweet at the same time. This makes it versatile and it can be used with so many different pairings.

“I don’t think it can ever replace wine in our Mediterranean cuisine, because our culture has a very long tradition with wine pairing and not beer, but Estrella pairs very well with tapas and that is a big opportunity.”

Estrella has teamed up with Roca to produce a Food & Drinks Trends report, which, among other things, highlights the growing use of botanicals in drinks. The chef was in Manchester to present his ideas at a gastronomy congress.

“I like working with Estrella not only because it’s Catalan, but it does things well,” said Roca. “It supports the gastronomy business and it’s very refreshing. ”

James Healey, Estrella Damm’s UK manager, added: “Gastronomy is a key focus for Estrella Damm and we celebrate beer’s place as the ideal beverage for pairing or cooking across a multiplicity of foods and dishes. 

“Working with the talented and creative chef Joan Roca this year has identified transparency and the wellness of our planet as key trends for 2018, which is very exciting for us, in line with our own business ethos, and a key opportunity for food and drinks businesses in the UK. 

“Estrella Damm has been brewed using local Mediterranean ingredients and the original recipe since 1876, so it’s great to see that knowing where your food and drinks come from is becoming important not only to us and restaurateurs but also to consumers.”

Marston’s now distributes Estrella in the UK after buying Charles Wells last year, and it sits alongside Erdinger and Kirin in an intriguing world beer portfolio.

The brewer’s insight executive, James Hodgkinson, said: “Although mainstream lager dominates the category, it is world beer which remains the category success story. 

“Consumers are discovering and becoming attracted to more premium, less ubiquitous brands, drinks with an authentic image and unique taste profiles which differ to other lagers. 

“It is also becoming a credible premium beverage to accompany quality meals, as opposed to an affordable drink for relaxation. 

“This can be done via premium packaging, positioning as a connoisseurs’ drink or greater focus on taste notes and how they can improve foods or food’s flavours.”

Source: http://www.drinksretailingnews.co.uk/

Let’s Celebrate the Reinheitsgebot this summer with Radeberger Pilsner — Prost!

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The German beer “purity law” known as the Reinheitsgebot was introduced in 1516 by Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria. This decree allows for only hops, barley, water, and later yeast was introduced. The Reinheitsgebot turns 500 this year.

An excerpt from an article History of German Brewing by Karl J. Eden, published in Zymurgy Magazine 1993, states among other things:

“Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities’ confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.” (translated to English)

And why was the Reinheitsgebot was enacted in 1516?  To prevent price competition with bakers for wheat and rye, and to set price of beer at 1-2 Pfenning per MaS (1 litre).

A version of this law is still in effect to this day in Germany, and is considered a cornerstone of its beer culture.

Radeberger Pilsner

 

Radeberger was the official drink by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, and has long been enjoyed by German nobility.

Brewed by:   Radeberger Gruppe KG

www.radeberger.de

Country:       Germany (Radeburg)

Style/ABV:  German Pilsener/5.0%

500 mL can

LCBO#: 676056

Premier Brands

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Tasting Notes:

Typical German Classic Pilsner; Brewed according to Reinheitsgebot Purity Laws; 3-finger white head – which is foamy; pale golden hue; carbonation is consistent; the aroma consists of soft malt, with hints of biscuit and honey; flavours include some zesty hop astringency, grass, hints of citrus, and some green apple; medium finish is dry and biscuit – easy drinking, clean and refreshing.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Liz Palmer
www.liz-palmer.com