A warm Windswept welcome for cooperation partners from Wallonia

    Posted on 9 August 2019

    Earlier this year, Windswept Brewing Co. received a Moray LEADER award of £53,641.16 to deliver their project, From the Field to the Firkin, which aims to create a new short suplpy chain between local breweries and grain farmers. The project will lead to the creation of a new local beer, brewed using locally grown barley. The project is being delivered in cooperation with partners from Burdinale-Mehaigne, a Local Action Group in Wallonia, Belgium.

    It was with great pleasure that earlier this month, Moray LEADER and Windswept Brewing Co, were host to the visiting partners from Belgium. The delegation from Wallonia included Philippe Laroche (LAG coordinator), Romain Laroche (project manager), Éric Hautphenne (Heron Mayor), Stéphane Winandy (Uliege, agricultural specialist) and Florence Balaine (Léopold7 brewer). The purpose of the visit was to demonstrate local activity and developments within the agricultural, brewing, and distilling industries to the project partners.

    A packed programme awaited the visiting Belgian delegation, during an active and engaging four days: meeting with farmers, maltsters, brewers. The itinerary included visits to Pitgaveny Estate - who are growing barley for Windswept as part of the project, Crafty Maltsters - a new micro-malting facility in Auchtermuchty, Fife, and Balvenie Distillery - for a tour of their historic floor maltings.

    Nigel Tiddy, Managing Director of Windswept Brewing Co stated, "It was fantastic to host our Belgian friends from Wallonia as part of our From Field to Firkin Collaboration Project. The visits to Pitgaveny Estate with Martin Birse and Crafty Maltsters with Alison and Dan Milne were extremely informative and a great start in building new relationships between people who would like to see what’s grown on our doorsteps is used in local produce. The support from Chris Muir from Moray Leader in getting the project off the ground has been outstanding and we are looking forward to our return visit to Belgium to learn about their world renowned breweries and maltings. We will hopefully get some great ideas for what beer to make with our barley from Pitgaveny Farm."