Cherry on top

Kriek is a cherry lambic style beer which originated in Belgium. The Funk Factory in Madison, WI is making its own kriek using traditional natural fermentation. The creator, Andrew Holzhauer, turned making kriek into a family affair by using his own cherry orchard and getting help with picking from his family members. He even used the Dutch name for the street the orchard is on as the name for the beer. The beer is aged for 10 months with the cherries, then bottled and released after an additional 5 months.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cherry lambic beer is a staple in the Belgian brewing world.
  • Lambic beers are well known for their tart, sour, and earthy flavors.
  • Andrew Holzhauer, chief of operations at Funk Factory Brewery, developed the Kriekenlaan traditio.

“The beer is made with about 2.4 pounds of a blend of Montmorency, Cavalier and Hudson cherries for every gallon of beer.”

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