Timmermans At A Glance
Artisanal Lambic Project
American beer writer Charles 'Chuck' Cook discovers that Timmermans brewery have been embarking on an artisanal lambic project for the last several years - and they are very serious about it.
Lambic is a type of beer brewed traditionally in the Pajottenland region of Belgium.
Unlike conventional beers, lambic is produced by spontaneous fermentation from being exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Senne valley. One of the oldest styles of brewing, the process gives the beer its distinctive dry, cidery and often sour flavour.
Brewing History in Each Glass
Brewery Timmermans is the oldest Lambic brewery, a family tradition and one that has been perpetuated for more than 300 years, going all the way back to 1702 when Timmermans started brewing Gueuze Lambic in Itterbeek, just a few kilometres from the centre of Brussels.
Owned by Jacobus Walravens, it was also a farm, an orchard, a café and a malt-house. In the early 20th century, Paul Van Cutsem was the sixth generation to run the brewery and son-in-law of Frans Timmermans; in his honour, the name changed to "The Timmermans Brewery”.