Monday, June 4, 2012

What is a Grand Cru, anyway???

Is the term Grand Cru as confusing to you as it is to me?  Is it a sour?  Is it a Belgian Strong Ale?  Is it light or dark, Belgian, imperial and does it  includes the kitchen sink? Well, kind of... The term Grand Cru was coined by European wine vintners and was meant to represent the best batches or something that was extra-special and above the normal offering.  In beer this term means much the same and can represent any kind of beer, but usually is used in conjunction with Belgian beers or beers brewed with Belgian yeast strains.  The American version of this term would be when a beer becomes "imperialized", as in Imperial IPA, Imperial Stout, etc... the best of a style that the brewery has to offer.

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