Once again winemaking equipment pops up in the beer world, this time right in the name of one of Wander Brewing’s latest releases, Foeder WƎN. Pronounced Food-er, a foeder is a large wooden vat that is used to age beer. You are probably familiar with barrel-aged beers, where brewers often use a barrel that has previously held spirits or wine, to age beer. Barrels take up a lot of space, and are also very labor intensive to maintain and use. A foeder can be manufactured to any size, so a brewery can have one made that matches the size of their brew system, thus helping increase efficiency.
Generally crafted from Oak, the foeder will provide a more consistent finished product, as each barrel will have its own unique personality. In addition, each brewer takes a separate approach to how they use their foeder. When new, the oak taste will be strong, so for the first couple batches, they’ll put a stronger beer in, one that can stand up to the bold oakiness. With each use, the foeder loses some wood effect. Other breweries will fill or rinse their new vat with