I could hardly believe what I found at Holiday Wine Cellar (an incredible beer/wine/liquor shop in Escondido, barely more than 15 minutes from Ladera Frutal).
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze!!!
On our trip to Brussels in 2003, we wanted to experience some of the Senne Valley, the only place in the world that has the naturally ocurring mico-organinisms known as Bretanomyces that are needed to create true lambic, an open-fermented traditional country brew of Belgium. The town of Beersel is not far out of Brussels, but it is not an easy place to get to on a weekend, so we splurged for a cab to get us down there and back. We were gald we did. Gorgeous town, beautiful brewery cafe, and great lambic served with sumptuous traditional Belgian beer cuisine. Few, if any, other foreigners present–a great travel experience!
Very little genuine lambic is exported to the USA. But now I have a couple of bottles with which to relive one of our best beer/travel experiences.
At the 3 Fonteinen website, you can read about the process of lambic brewing and geuze blending. Geuze is produced by mixing one-year old, two- and three-year old lambic, then bottling it and letting a secondary fermentation take place in the bottle. On another page, you can see a (very) short video about the brewery.
Happy New Year everyone!