Updates from Geuzestekerij Oud Beersel

Published on September 23, 2014.

I visited Oud Beersel again a few weeks ago, and I’m happy to report that all is well. Actually, that would be an understatement, as the venerable Beersel lambic producer is doing very well.

Oud Beersel blender/owner Gert Christiaens in a room with foeders and some smaller barrels.

Oud Beersel blender/owner Gert Christiaens in a room with foeders and some smaller barrels.

During my visit on August 30th, blender/co-owner Gert Christiaens told me that demand is such for his beers that he needs even more barrels so he can make more lambic and lambic-based brews. That means more Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek, and other brews for beer lovers around the world, which is always a good thing.

Another shot of the foeder room at Oud Beersel. This one is from 2011.

Another shot of the foeder room at Oud Beersel. This one is from 2011.

Five 45 hectoliter foeders were added in 2010, in a ground-level floor in the old brewery building. Another eight have been added in the same room since 2011, and three more were placed in a room adjacent to the new shop. So, there are 16 foeders in current use at Oud Beersel.

The new shop and tasting room building at Oud Beersel, which is to the left of the old brewery building.

The new shop and tasting room building at Oud Beersel, which is to the left of the old brewery buildings.

A new private tasting room at Oud Beersel, used for post-tour tastings and more.

A new private tasting room at Oud Beersel, used for post-tour tastings and more.

Oud Beersel has been in a fairly constant state of expansion and renovation for several years now. Gert and his father Jos purchased the building next door, to the left of the old brewery building, a few years ago, and have opened a shop and tasting room. The shop is open every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm, except on bank holidays.

There is also a private tasting room which is used after tours of the site, which are offered on the first Saturday of each month, at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Groups will want to contact De Geuzen van Oud Beersel, a non-profit group of beer enthusiasts who help protect, promote and preserve the Oud Beersel site. Groups can also contact this organization about appointments for visits on other days of the month. The contact page is here

The current entrance to the attic/top floor of the old brewery building.

The current entrance to the attic/top floor of the old brewery building.

Inside the attic at Oud Beersel, August 30, 2014. By spring 2015, this space should be full of lambic barrels-and lambic.

Inside the attic at Oud Beersel, August 30, 2014. By spring 2015, this space should be full of lambic barrels-and lambic.:)

The most recent expansion has started, and it is in the top floor/attic of the old brewery building. “As we are running out of space here, this was the next logical place to renovate and add barrels to age more lambic,” Gert told me as we checked out the attic, which contained old tools, a few old barrels, crates, roof tiles, and many other items. This space should be full of barrels aging lambic by next spring.

Hopefully one day we will see a new brewery at this venerable, hallowed site. Since Oud Beersel reopened in late 2005, all of the wort has come from Brouwerij Boon, though the recipe for the wort is from Oud Beersel. The wort is taken by tanker truck the morning after it sits overnight in Boon’s coolship, and pumped into the Oud Beersel barrels, some of which are over 100 years old.

Cheers to Gert Christiaens for making the continued expansion and success of Oud Beersel his life’s work!

Some old barrels in the attic of Oud Beersel. August 30, 2014.

Some old barrels in the attic of Oud Beersel. August 30, 2014.

A shot in one of the older barrels rooms at Oud Beersel, August 2014.

A shot in one of the older barrels rooms at Oud Beersel, August 2014.

Loads of proper branded glassware in the tasting room at Oud Beersel.

Loads of proper branded glassware in the tasting room at Oud Beersel.

Gert behind the bar inside the new tasting room/shop. You can sample many of the Oud Beersel beers by the glass.

Gert behind the bar inside the new tasting room/shop. You can sample many of the Oud Beersel beers by the glass.

Another view of the new shop and bar at Oud Beersel.

Another view of the new shop and bar at Oud Beersel.

Gert with a lambic in the new public tasting room.

Gert with a lambic in the new public tasting room.

A drinks menu for tasting samples the cafe/shop at Oud Beersel.

A drinks menu for tasting samples the cafe/shop at Oud Beersel.

Another shot in one of the older barrels rooms at Oud Beersel.

Another shot in one of the older barrels rooms at Oud Beersel.

And some more beautiful barrels full of lambic.

And some more beautiful barrels full of lambic.

A classic Oud Beersel sign.

A classic Oud Beersel sign.

Gert with some of the new ventilation equipment, circa 2011.

Gert with new barrel cleaning equipment, installed in 2008.

Gert Christiaens, left, with father Jos in 2008, in an old barrel room.

Gert Christiaens, left, with father Jos in 2008, in an old barrel room.

Oude Geuze, anyone?

Oud Geuze, anyone?

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