Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide

By Dick Cantwell and Peter Bouckaert

The use of wooden vessels for storage, transportation, fermentation or aging of beer is deeply rooted in history. Today’s talented brewers are innovating, experimenting and enthusiastically embracing the seemingly mystical complexity of flavors and aromas derived from wood. From the souring effects of microbes that take up residence in wood to the character drawn from barrels or foeders, this book covers the history, physiology, microbiology and flavor contributions of wood, as well as the maintenance of wooden vessels. Explore the many influences of wood as a vehicle for contributing tremendous complexity to beers fermented and aged within it. Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide is about both wood and beer, and the mysteries that arise when the two come together.

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About the Author

Author Dick Cantwell

Dick Cantwell

Dick Cantwell is among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers, co-founding Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was…Read more


Peter Bouckaert

Peter Bouckaert

Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1996 to become New Belgium Brewing Company’s brewmaster in Ft. Collins, CO, Peter brewed for a decade at Brewery Rodenbach. When Peter joined New Belgium, the company’s portfolio…Read more