Jean Van Roy released some big news today: Brasserie Cantillon has found a space where they can add lots of extra barrels and increase production by double over a four year period. The building is just 300 meters from Cantillon, and was the site of another lambic blendery, Brasserie Limbourg, which closed in the 1960’s.
Jean told me during my Bomb Shelter Beer Cellar visit in April that he had been looking for another place to add more wooden barrels since last year, so that production could be increased, and that he thought he had found a fine spot near the brewery. But he wanted to keep it a secret until a final deal was made on the new locale, and now that has come to fruition.
Cantillon will continue operations as normal at 56 Rue Gheude. Wort intended to be put in barrels at the new location will be brewed as now, and taken the morning after it has cooled in the koelschip to the new space, where barrels will be filled.
“The new space is big enough to double Cantillon’s production. Because we can’t disturb the balance between the new and old Lambic in our blend, we will increase the production each year to finally double it in the next four years,” Van Roy said today.
He added: “The wort, brewed at the Cantillon brewery, will be transferred the day after the cooling and will mature for years in the new location. As you know, we need at least two or three years to produce a beer. In this way of working, the next production increase will take place during the 2016-2017 season.”
I look forward to seeing the “new” space and to the increased availability of Cantillon beers in a few years!
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