Our country will soon have another Oude Geuze and Kriek richer, because Erik De Keersmaeker wants to put Eylenbosch – one of the most important lambic breweries – back in the 60s with the relaunch of the Eylenbosch beers. Together with study friend Jeroen Lettens and young brewer Klaas Vanderpoorten, he wants to make Eylenbosch a pearl in the Belgian beer heritage. With respect for the traditional method and authentic recipes.
On October 24, 2019, while waiting for the Eylenbosch Oude Geuze and Kriek, they already presented their first beer with the appropriate name ‘Patience for Eylenbosch’. A saison of 5.5% according to Klaas Vanderpoorten, which used to be drunk by seasonal workers on the field.
And there is also an ‘Eylenbosch Saison for Cru’, extra dry-hopped, exclusively available at Cru in Overijse, Antwerp and Ghent.
Of course, patience is needed to make Oude Geuze and Kriek. The first Eylenbosch Lambic was brewed in 2018 – 2019 and is now maturing in the Eylenbosch barrels at De Troch brewery in Wambeek. In June 2021, the first generation of the new generation Eylenbosch Oude Geuze can be tasted. The first Kriek is expected in June 2020.
The goal is “to be a good player within the 1% market” according to Erik and “We want to bring excellent beers on the market” to be there within 5 generations.
Eylenbosch wants to be able to stock no less than 1500 hectoliters of lambic as quickly as possible. This requires 15 feeders, 100 pipes and 100 tons. To finance this, the help of beer lovers is called in via crowdfunding. The objective is to raise 150,000 euros. For amounts starting at € 35, beer lovers will receive an Eylenbosch package with Eylenbosch beer, a specially developed glass, a T-shirt and Patience playing cards. And they are welcome at all the next launches. Those who want to contribute more can receive an additional bottle of Oude Geuze from Eylenbosch every week for an additional 10 years. If you become one of the 15 “Founders”, your name will be placed in wrought iron on your own foeder, for life.
Discover more info on https://eylenbosch.beer/