Wood and Beer with Peter Bouckaert – BeerSmith Podcast #127

by Brad Smith on June 7, 2016 · 0 comments

PodNew200This week it is an honor to host Peter Bouckaert, the brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing to discuss his new book Wood and Beer. Peter has been at New Belgium for over 20 years, and has just finished his book on wood and barrel aged beers with co-author Dick Cantwell.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:02)

  • Today on the show I welcome Peter Bouckaert, the Brewmaster from New Belgium Brewing to discuss his new book Wood and Beer (Amazon affiliate link). Peter has been at New Belgium for over 20 years, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Peter has won both World Beer Cup and GABF awards as well as many other brewing accolades.
  • We start with a short discussion of what is new at New Belgium brewing and Peter’s experience there.
  • Peter joined up with Dick Cantwell for his new book – and talks about what inspired him to write a book on Wood and Beer.
  • We talk a bit about the history of the barrel and its use for storing beer.
  • Peter explains how barrel use has changed over time
  • He explains a little bit about cooperage and how it has also evolved.
  • We discuss how the flavors of the wood are tied to the wood used and discuss the most popular woods for barrels
  • Peter talks about environmental conditions for working with barrels
  • He shares some thoughts on the flavors derived from wood as well as how the extraction process works.
  • We talk about the use of wood chips in home brewing
  • He discusses using barrels for sour beers and also mixing beer and spirits.


Thanks to Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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