The Taste of Elder
On this first taste-and-test evening, we examine the blossom. What can you do with it? Zeger Reyers talks about his fascination with this so ordinary shrub, Sander Nederveen discusses the ins and outs of brewing with weeds, and Jonmar van Vlijmen gives us more background about the ups and downs of the ordinary plant in Amsterdam.
In his work, nature is the driving force. Artist Zeger Reyers holds a fascination with overgrown nature that takes over our environment. The stories around the Elder, the most 'normal' tree, are centuries old and countless. In collaboration with the Oedipus brewery, Zeger captures the flavours and stories of elderberry in five different beers. Four times the taste of the season, resulting in the taste of the year in a cuvée.
Jonmar van Vlijmen and Ronald Boer
With De Onkruidenier, Jonmar van Vlijmen and Ronald Boer give value to the weeds in Amsterdam. What can we do with plants that we nowadays call 'weeds'? On this evening, Jonmar talks about the many exciting applications of the most underestimated plants. Did you know that the seeds of Umbelliferae, the plant family where chervil, carrot, celery and cowling belong to, are very tasty? Since the Reinheitsgebot from 1507 these could no longer be processed in beer. They would have a potentially 'disruptive' (read: hallucinatory) effect. From hops, on the other hand, you became very calm.
Sander Nederveen is brewmaster at Oedipus, a young Amsterdam brewery. Oedipus tries to brew beer for everyone's personal preference and for every moment of the day. With a personal preference for tasteful, dry beers without much alcohol. For the Taste of Elder Sander allows us to taste the first test-batch of elder beer and talks about the brewing process. How do you use different herbs and plants in beer? How do you achieve which effects?