Date: 5 September 2019
Room: Bintani Room – Plenary
Born in the shadow of the historic Rodenbach Brewery in Roeselare, Belgium, Rudi Ghequire has spent the last 37 years advancing the legacy of the region’s distinctive sour beer, brewing with a combination of old-world and new-world technologies. Rodenbach has long been the darling of beer enthusiasts with Rudi at the helm as the modern day father of sour beer. His brewing techniques are often imitated with explosive rise in popularity of sour and barrel aged beer in the U.S. Brouwerij Rodenbach has more oak aging than all of the U.S combined.
During his 12 years in residence living in the apartment above the brewery offices, Rudi immersed himself in the tradition and process of brewing Flemish brown-red beers. His two children were born at the brewery and now his son Martin follows in his footsteps as director of Kazematten Brewery in Ypres, Belgium. With his intimate knowledge of the history, the ingredients and the operations, Ghequire was promoted to Brewmaster in 1994 the post he holds today 25 years later and 37 years since he first came to Rodenbach.
In 1998 Palm Breweries stepped in to preserve the Belgian beer heritage that is Brewery Rodenbach which was facing an uncertain future.