Brouwerij Silenrieux

The brewery was created in 1995 by Eric Bedoret on his parents farm in the South West of the Ardennes region. Since the farmers in Europe have many problems to survive, they try to find new ways to provide a fair income for their families.

In the local library, and with the help of the director of the local museum of folklore, Eric discovered that his region used to cultivate buckwheat and spelt, two types of grains that have been replaced by more productive types of grain by the local farmers. He also learned that there is a new strong interest in the health-food business for these older types of grain. This renewed interest is there because buckwheat and spelt are still the same as centuries ago. They have not been "breeded" or "genetic manipulated" like most cultivated grain-types today. In the library, Eric found also texts about disappeared breweries of his region, who used to brew with the local grown grains. This was like a revelation for Eric. He had found the ultimate solution for his problems: on the farm he could grow two ancient types of grain, and he could use it to brew beer. It's every farmer's dream: grow the raw materials yourself, and create on the farm a high profile consumer-product. Keep all the added value on the farm. The beer-culture is of course part of Eric's culture, living in Belgium, but this is still different from knowing how to start a brewery, and how to create wonderful beers. Here, Eric was smart enough to find and get professional help. He spoke with the Walloon government, Department of Agriculture, and got a loan. Better still, they introduced Eric with the Brewery department of the University of Louvain, where he found all the professional help to start his brewery. Together with the professors of the University, the two ancient recipes to brew from buckwheat and from spelt were revived, reworked in function of modern brewing technology, perfected and put into work.

JOSEPH is a WIT, a real Wheat-beer. It is brewed from SPELT. Spelt is "poor man's wheat." Spelt is a very old member of the wheat family. The fruity, slightly acid taste of a real WIT-beer is here dominantly present, and it is enriched by an exclusive taste and aroma, that you don't find in any other WIT-beer. Roll the bottle before opening. The color is yellow, and cloudy, because of the nature of the beer (Wit, unfiltered) and the refermentation in the Champagne bottle. It is a very light and refreshing beer, 100% natural, brewed along the finest artisanal Belgian traditions. It used to be the only spelt-beer in the world. 5% ABV.

In 2000, after jumping through all the hoops, the brewery started brewing the Sara and the Joseph CERTIFIED ORGANIC. This strategy pays off, since the sales are growing strong. On the other hand, the Organic malts must now be bought from farmers that grow these grains organically. The production of the initial farm is not big enough any longer.

Today, where we used to find cows in the barn, we find a modern microbrewery, capable of brewing small batches of 600 gallons of exceptional beer. The production per year can grow to 70,000 gallons. Actually, Sara and Joseph are consumed by real beer-connoisseurs and sold in specialty beer-shops in Belgium. The export brings these beers
to Germany, Holland, France and Italy, and now also the USA. Adjacent to the brewery is a great bar-restaurant, part of the brewery.

Besides the Sara and the Joseph, the Brasserie de Silenrieux brews on a seasonal basis also a honey-beer, called Biere de L’Ours, and an other special ale under the name Jean Vallois.

Sara Buckwheat Belgian Beer Label