Press Release: Latis Gets RODENBACH’s Vintage, a Limited-Run, One-of-a-Kind Flemish Sour Beer

Limited Batch of 2-year Aged Sour Beer from RODENBACH Vat No. 230 Lands on U.S. Shores in Time for the Holidays

Ridgefield, CT (October 9, 2009)  VINTAGE Flemish red sour beer has been aging in vat no. 230 at Brouwerij RODENBACH in Roeselare, Belgium for two years under the watchful eye of brewmaster Rudi Ghequire. It’s finished just in time for the holidays and Connecticut based Latis will import it to the U.S. in November.

“It is always a dream for any brewer to create a new beer,” said Ghequire of his unique new Flemish sour. “Following the taste evolution of VINTAGE was so exciting. Our monthly tastings were a little slice of heaven.”

Ghequire describes Vintage as having a red copper glow with complex flavors but at the same time very smooth. Vintage is 7% ABV is more mild than RODENBACH GRAND CRU. Like other good sour beers, RODENBACH Vintage pairs perfectly with food because of the absence of hop bitterness.

There are only 30,000 750 ml bottles of VINTAGE and it will only be available in the U.S. RODENBACH is often called the missing link between beer and wine. VINTAGE will be available in time for the holidays in Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Diego, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Boston, Washington D.C.

Latis, founded by two former InBev executives David van Wees and Anthony Giardina, is the exclusive U.S. importer of the PALM Breweries portfolio. Van Wees was recently knighted in Brussels, Belgium, an honor bestowed by the Belgian Brewing Guild to individuals that have demonstrated excellence in understanding and promoting the Belgian beer culture.

Recognized as an official regional product of the Belgian Province of Southwest Flanders, the brewing of RODENBACH is a tradition that’s here to stay. RODENBACH is praised by the late beer expert Michael Jackson as the “most refreshing beer in the world,” while RODENBACH Grand Cru picked up a Gold Medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup in Seattle.

Latis signed an agreement to be the American importer for a rich selection of PALM Breweries’ brands in September 2007.

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