With its breweries in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina, New Belgium has earned familiarity among mainstream drinkers for brands such as Voodoo Ranger and Fat Tire. However, New Belgium also has won its share of accolades and respect among peers and aficionados for its long-running wood-aging program, responsible for beloved beers such as La Folie and Dominga. The person leading that program for the past 25 years—and a pioneer of mixed-fermentation wood-aging in North America—has been Lauren Woods Limbach.
In this 78-minute video course, Limbach shares valuable lessons learned from running a wood-aging program that includes more than 50 large foeders—lessons that can help brewers at any scale avoid costly mistakes and produce more successful blends. Besides the art of tasting and blending, she emphasizes the critical importance of using data and science to help produce consistent, highly drinkable beers that sell.
Along the way, she discusses:
Instructor(s): Lauren Woods Limbach
Lauren Woods Limbach introduces herself and lays out an overview of the course.