Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rodenbach Vintage 2007

I had the pleasure of joining Palm Brewerie's CEO Jan Vandenwyngaerden and Latis Imports Founder David van Wees at the Ginger Man for the unveiling of the Rodenbach Vintage 2007 Grand Cru (aka Vat #230).

Similar to the Grand Cru, the 230 is Oak aged for two years, but unlike the Grand Cru, it isn't mixed with unaged beer. The Vintage 2007 is a pure aged beer and is rumored to continue aging nicely in the bottle.

I spoke with Jan about the future of craft beer in America and he's confident that in the next 5 years there will be a "shake out" where the cream rises to the top. This is what happened in Belgium 30 years ago, according to Jan. I think he's probably right and I'm looking forward to seeing who makes it to the top of the list.

In the meantime, I HIGHLY reccomend you get your hands on two bottles of the 2007 vintage. Drink one and put the other in your basement and save it. Jan said one of the Brewer's recently opened a 1960's vintage that had aged supremely in the bottle.

There are only 40,000 bottle total and 30,000 of them are in the United States. I heard Beer Craft in Brookly will likely get a few bottles and there are 12 bars that Latis (press release) has partnered with in NYC to sell the 22 oz. bottles.

(Here's a neat video of the Brewery:

(Also enjoyed were a few Palm Beers (Beer Advocate: B) as the Rodenbach Brewery is owned by Palm. It's a good beer that I expect to see a lot of in the next few months.)

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