Top fermented beer which undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. It is intense gold, almost orange in color, with aromas of fruit in syrup (pineapple, peach and apricot), candy sugar, bread crust and a note of chives from the Belgian hops of Poperinge. Warm and sweet on the palate with a firm fizzy finish. Strong and structured, sweet and inviting. A tribute to a friend who went missing, who we may meet again one day, just like the sun that is hiding behind the hill.

Winterlude is also named after a Bob Dylan song, a perfect fit since it is a winter warmer. The idea of winter as an interlude representing both the pause before awakening and the oblivion before new life.

This beer is inspired by some varieties of the Belgian Tripels. The hops come from the Poperinge region, a variety I have always been fascinated by. Poperinge is long known for its fields of native flavors of hop flowers. You can adopt the local Hommel or collect the blooms and craft a blended flavor of your own. There is no drop in the final flavor of the beer the extract is giving form to. The museum displays the most exotic hops any brewer or beer-lover can get for the saucy, bitter or incredible blends of brewed beverages here. If you happen to visit the region, or even get the opportunity for a virtual tour, you can try this out at the home-based and the industrial brewing hobbies. For hops, the ideal way to start at the best selection is in choosing the harvest. The soil and the farmers embellish the quality of hops in each region and there is no denying that Poperinge is blessed with both. The farmers here are unwritten experts of growing and selecting the ideal blooms for the most joyful beer flavors. I connected with one of the region’s local farmer and had him set a preferred variety aside from his most recent harvest.

Because it combines incredibly well with food, Winterlude has always made us proud with our catering industry clients.

Suggested pairings:

It pairs wonderfully with semi-firm cheeses (Puzzone of Modena, Spressa and Fontina from Valle d’Aosta), creamy soft cheeses, different varieties of salame as well as risottos, flavorful main entrees and fine pastries.

ABV. 8,8% 19°P

Storing temperature Between 4 and 18°C (it keep best refrigerated)

Serving temperature Between 8 and 12°C (depending on the room temperature).

Pour in wide enough glasses to host its abundant foam head.