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Hanssens Artisanaal , Dworp, Belgium, brewery in beer planet online shop, belgian beer store 

Hanssens Artisanaal

Beers:  Hanssens Geuze
Hanssens Kriek
Hanssens Lambic
Hanssens Oud Geuze
Hanssens Oud Kriek
Hanssens Oudbeitje
Address:  Europe» Belgium» Dworp
1653 Vroenenbosstraat 15
Province:  Flemish Brabant
Founded in:  1871
Phone:  +3223803133
Fax:  +32 2 380 31 33
E-mail:  hanssens.artisanaal@proximedia.be
Web Site:  www.proximedia.com/web/hanssens.html
Hanssens Artisanaal is the last independent geuze blender in the whole world. Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used.
Nowadays, Hanssens Artisanaal is directed by Sidy Hanssens, daughter of Jean, the fourth generation in this family"s tradition. It has to be noted that Bartholomeus started as a lambic brewer, but after World War I, when the Germans took all the cupper brew material to produce war equipment, he, like many others at that time, had to continue as a blender. The most significant difference between a geuze blender and a geuze brewer is that a geuze blender buys wort (lambic wort) of lambic brewers and does not brew the lambic by his own. A geuze brewer only works with its own lambic whereas a blender works with different lambics.
Thirty or forty years ago, this unique art of blending was done by plus minus forty blenders. Nowadays there is only one independent blender left. Hanssens Artisanaal (Sidy, her husband John and father Jean), still blend the same way the family did one hundred years ago, using almost the same material, which requires a lot of skill and effort. It has to be remarked that Sidy and John, besides this both still have another full-time job. This makes them financially independent of the brewery thus giving them the opportunity of making a traditional product without being driven by market demanding quality and quantity. Lambic wort. Lambic wort is brewed from water, barley malt, unmalted wheat and over aged hops. No yeast is added to the wort. During the one night cooling process, the wort is being exposed to the open air. The result of this method is that wild airborne yeasts come into the wort and will start the fermentation on a natural and spontaneous way. Note that lambic wort is only brewed during winter. In summertime, there are too many undesirable bacteria that can have a negative effect on the fermentation. The spontaneous fermentation is the mystery of the lambic beers and is unique in the beer world. It only happens in the Zennevallei in a radius of twenty kilometers around Brussels

Source:   www.proximedia.com/web/hanssens.html

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