What is a Foeder? Basically, it is a large barrel or oak vessel used to age wine and, as of late, many breweries have begun to use them as well. Breweries like New Belgium Brewing, Epic Brewing Company, Crooked Stave and Deschutes are using them for sour beer production and beyond. Although most popular for sour beers, you can add a matured oak character to any beer, such as porters, stouts, English ales, lagers and pilsners. Pilsners?! Yes, Pilsners. We have tasted a few excellent pilsners matured in foeders recently. We were so impressed, we decided to bring them in for our amazing customers to play with. Don't delay, get your foeder today!
This model lays horizontal, which is ideal for aging wine and lagers. Horizontal foeders are ideal for any maturation happening post fermentation, though you could absolutely ferment in one if you opted to do so—you do you, boo. The oak is porous, so it will retain the character and living microbes of previous batches. Many sour beer producers choose to let the oak inoculate the next batch and treat the barrel as a living entity. We hope that you choose to give this vessel a loving home, with kids and a backyard, or maybe just a temperate, moderately humid production facility.
As we all know, the best source of wood for barrels is the oak grown in the territory of old-time Hungary, known as Slavonian oak. This rare, high-quality oak can be found in the Zemplén Mountains and in the Tokaj oak woods. The specific type of oak in those territories is the Quercus Petrea, which is characterized by dense, hard structure combined with extra flavor. Forestry workers look after these forests with considerable expertise, and the forest density ratio in Hungary is 20–24%, with selective logging taking place between November and April.
Looking for a different size? Foeders and larger barrels of all sizes can be special ordered and delivered on our next container. Ask to speak with Keith Klingler, our Balazs barrel specialist.
20HL (528 gal, 17 BBL)
Length - 63"
Head Diameter - 53.2"
Abdomen Diameter - 61.5"
Empty Weight - 1124 lbs