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Siphon: old world and new world


Video: Franklin Verdonck, co-founder of Siphon Brewing, talks about how he homebrewed for 15 years, took a course in brewing and co-founded the brewery in Damme, Belgium.

Franklin Verdonck founded Siphon Brewing, at a farm in Belgium with Breandán Kearney and Jan Callewaert. The brewer is based in the West Flemish village of Damme, at the Siphon Restaurant, which has been run by Callewaert family since 1902 and is now operated by Jan.

Siphon’s motto is aptly ‘Old World meets New World’, capturing the combination of classic Belgian styles with international styles. Since it started in 2016, the brewery has been awarded Ratebeer’s ‘Best New Brewery in Belgium’ for 2017.

The brewery in a converted sheep shed has a steam-heated three-kettle 5 hl brewhouse with a monthly maximum production capacity of 55 hl or about 270 kegs.

Video below: Last year the Beer Idiots also interviewed Breandán Kearney, who co-founded Siphon Brewing with Verdonck.


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