We’re extremely proud to say that Brouwerij De Ranke (‘Duh Rawnk-uh’) is our newest supplier at RainCity Brands. This 15 year old Belgian brewery has a made a big splash in the USA over the past few years, and what they are doing fits right into our portfolio – that is, they brew incredible atisinal beer while eschewing pretention and often, convention.
Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos are the partners that run this brewery. They started it with the notion that the best breweries in Belgium use traditional methods and the freshest ingredients. They also believe that the hop is the single most important ingredient in beer. That is not to say that all of their beers are very hoppy, in fact that simply isn’t the case. More so, I’ve found in drinking them that they showcase the various attributes of the hop with immense range; at times highlighting the mouthfeel, the aroma, the extreme bitterness, the soft fruitiness and the herbaceous qualities that hops can bring to a beer. Each of their beers is a terrific work of art, clearly brewed with nothing but absolute focus, and talent, so naturally these elements are always presented in balance with the yeast and malt.
We’ll mention more about De Ranke as the beers start to arrive. But for now, here’s a brief overview of the De Ranke beer that will be making it’s way into British Columbia:
XX Bitter – The self proclaimed “Hoppiest beer in Belgium”. True or not? Who cares. It’s delicious; a monument to the hop.
Cuvee De Ranke – A blended sour beer, made with about 1/3 Girardin Lambic
Kriek De Ranke – Similar to the above but with cherries, of course
Saison De Dottignies – A seasonal, on the lighter side of the saison spectrum, but well hopped. The only beer from De Ranke we’ve not tried.
Noir De Dottignies – Nutty, malty, fruity and spicy. A darkly complex ale.
Guldenberg – A tripel in style, but perhaps more hop balanced. Dare we say, one of the most ‘sessionable’ 9% beers we’ve tried!
Adam is travelling to Belgium in August to visit De Ranke and Cantillon. We also have a few other suppliers in the works from this great beer nation, and we will update you shortly.
De Ranke beers should be available in stores by August, perhaps sooner.