Biobieren Warmenbol overview
Spring 2014: Launch
Our beers are fully organic beers, developed by our own beer architect, Paul Warmenbol. In a previous life as ecological architect, Paul was one of the foremost organic, healthy and sustainable living pioneers.
After brewing truly became a passion, the step to organic beers was BIO-logical. Paul’s first experience within the world of brewing was gained in the spring of 2014.
August 2015: Liza
Honey tripel LIZA is the very first beer we ever bottled. This blonde beauty is named after Aunt Liza, renowned for her preference for tripels and Trappist.
She was a passionate party girl who never missed an opportunity to take center stage with carefully self-sewn clothing at family get-togethers or parties with her dear circle of friends. We feel naming our very first (honey tripel) beer Liza is an appropriate ode to partying aunts all over the globe.
The honey we include in this brew is an organic flower honey derived from fair trade (through the Oxfam World Shop) with Mexico.
The official launch of the Liza honey tripel took place in organic brewery bar Den Hopperd, on the 22nd of August, 2015.
May 2016: Trinkel
The first beer we created using our own hobby brewing installation was a white, spelt-based beer which we called ‘Dinkel’, after the German name for spelt, which we always found has a nice ring to it.
Spelt is actually a very old grain, related to wheat, but less demanding of the soil it grows in. It was once omnipresent in our low countries. (read about the healing power of spelt here)
This refreshing spelt beer makes for a great fruit beer basis. However, we eventually managed to come up with a triple variant using the same basic recipe: the Trinkel, our spelt tripel.
Trinkel was first presented to the visitors of the care farm Emiliushoeve in Bevel (Nijlen). The gathered beer enthusiasts were immediately won over by this hoppy tripel and decided to order the beer in order to highlight it during their festival, where we launched the drink in May 2016.
June 2016: Zwarte Madam
Towards the end of 2015, we were asked whether we would like to brew a ‘Zwarte Madam’ for Natuurpunt in Erps-Kwerps (The Green Valley between Brussels and Leuven).
Natuurpunt was looking into opening a visitors’ centre by the summer of 2016 and had come up with the idea to create a beer named after a near-legendary Black Madonna statue located in the Silsom forest.
During a subsequent tasting, several dark beers were presented to the nature conservationists, who unanimously chose our stout. We called this beer ‘Zwarte Madam’ and kept the original Blackout XXX as an alternative name, in reference to an upcoming series of porters and stout beers bearing the same name.
The beer was launched in Erps-Kwerps on Silsombos Night, in June 2016. Part of the proceeds of this beer benefit Natuurpunt Erps-Kwerps.
June 2017: Single
In contrast to Zwarte Madam, which has a very elaborate recipe, we wanted to create an organic beer boasting a far simpler recipe, but still able to evoke a nice palette of flavours.
This became the Single, intended as a double blonde and as a catchy replacement for factory-made pils. It has therefore turned out to be a youthful blonde, brewed with just one type of malt, one type of hop and one type of yeast.
Single was launched in early June 2017. On the occasion of the transformation of our ‘VOF’ into the cooperative ‘CVBA’ at the turn of the year, a single limited edition was released.
July 2017: Bessy
At the beginning of 2015, we were looking for a child safety seat for an upcoming car trip with one of our grandsons. Eventually, I found a nice family in Nijlen that was willing to have me pick up a seat for free.
I brought a few bottles of beer as a return gift and we soon got into a conversation: this young, child-rich family had acquired a place near a pine forest in Kessel (Nijlen) and was in the process of developing an organic self-picking blueberry garden on the premises, at the Bogaertsheide.
During a visit to this garden at the end of the picking season, the family asked us to brew a beer with their berries. As a basis, we suggested an amber beer we had developed earlier. After presenting it to the family, an order was placed and we decided to brew the fruit beer, which we call Bessy, in an organic brewery.
This unsweetened fruit beer was presented to the picking public in July 2017. At the blueberry picking garden, the beer is available under a custom label: BOGAERTSHEIDE.
September 2018: Kapke
In the spring of 2018, we get in touch with the people of Ringland, a widely-supported organisation working on covering the Antwerp ring road to create a large, green oasis on the outskirts of Antwerp proper.
As we’ve always supported this project wholeheartedly, we wanted to help out by creating a new, spicy beer. In order to do this, we managed to add a twist to our spelt beer recipe and after coming to an agreement with Ringland, Kapke was suggested as the name.
Kapke, which is slightly lighter than a lager, was presented to the public at the Ringland Festival on the 9th of September 2018. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this beer go directly towards supporting Ringland.
October 2018: Panem
In the winter of 2018, we were met with a request from Odin (a Dutch organic wholesaler) to brew a low-alcohol beer using residual streams of bread.
Quickly deciding upon a course of action, we asked organic bakery Zonnemaire to cut and freeze unsold spelt bread on a daily basis. On brewing day, we collect those leftover breads to be included in the Panem brewing process.
We would like to present Panem as an accompaniment for meals, as this session IPA is perfectly suited for food pairings. We also decided on larger bottle sizes so that this beer can easily be shared at the table – just like in the ‘old days’.
In October 2018, Odin became the first outlet to offer Panem in its shops. Since 2020, this unique beer is also available in small bottles.
April 2019: Bierbok
Ever since we started to brew drinks for the very first time, we’re aiming to produce certifiable organic beers – a minimum objective. We also want to take this goal one step further and are always looking for opportunities to produce beers biodynamically under the Demeter label.
Luckily, there are also people involved heavily in distribution who would like to support such initiatives and Netherlands-based Odin asked to produce a number of beers under the Demeter label. Moreover, Natuurhuis in Antwerp also supports us in this endeavour
In April 2019, for example, we were able to release Bierbok. As a genre, this is a bock beer – a style of beer that is very well known in the Netherlands and Germany in particular, and is gradually gaining popularity in Belgium as well.
July 2019: Saison-3
Soon after releasing Bierbok, we decided to come up with another biodynamic beer, this time adhering to a typical seasonal beer style.
In July 2019, this time under our own initiative, we brought the ‘3’ to a market in Berchem. The goal? To delve even more into explicit beer styles, while also creating a beer with a lower than usual alcohol percentage.
The name ‘3’ refers to our aim to transform our current societal conflict model into a threefold formula derived from our own activity.
At administrative levels, this ‘social triad’ strives for a functional division into a socio-cultural consultation, an economic consultation and a constitutional consultation. We will then be free in our personal development, in economic solidarity and in equality to the law for all.
We brew on
The hops that we use in our brews are mostly Belgian and mainly from Joris Cambie, who grows and markets his hops organically. They are generally of English origin, with a few exceptions. For the biodynamic beers, we also use hops from Biohof Peter Bentele in Tettnang near Lake Constance. So far, Peter is the only grower who grows and sells some hops carrying the Demeter label.
We have been asked by the organic farm Milagro in the Groenenhoek in Aartselaar to set up a pico-brewery in their building. The permit has been acquired and we expect to be able to start in the 2021.We ourselves would like to do our part to support the biodynamic cultivation of hops, which we will realise on the land of Milagro from 2021 onwards.