Teo’s wife, Nora, is the inspiration for this special beer, just released last year. Although she hails from the town of Lille, France, she also has Algerian heritage in her blood. So, this special brew has been concocted from an ancient Egyptian recipe. Unmalted kamut which was used in ancient Egyptian beers is employed. Hops, which would not have been used in Egypt, are employed in a tiny quantity, solely for their preservative power. Rather, ginger, myrrh, and orange peel are used to represent the balancing spices of ancient times. The myrrh provides the bittering that allows Teo to mostly forgo the use of hops.
|The Baladin brewery was originally created in 1996 as a brewpub (production and bar) in Piozzo - a small village in the Langhe area in the province of Cuneo - by its founder and master brewer Teo Musso.
The first brewing system, produced by Teo himself in Belgium with the help of his friend Jean-Luis Dits from Brasserie a Vapeur (Pipaix - Belgium) and located in an almost “squatted” garage next to the pub, was built using old milk vats. Initially, Baladin only made a few beers and they were only served on tap. However, only one year after opening the brewery, Teo started thinking about bottles and new recipes, which in the meantime are more than 30 (in fact, many more by the time you’ll be reading this…). The goal was immediately clear: making beers with a strong personality - both in terms of taste and image - which would distinguish themselves in the world of catering and gastronomy, both in Italy and today even abroad.
(If you would like to find out more about the founder of Baladin and the milestones which have marked the evolution of the company, visit the Enfant Terrible section or take a look at the pictures under History).
To cut a long story short, a few years after its creation the cellar for the wort fermentation (i.e. the room where the fermenters are located) had to be expanded after the first commercial success. As he could not move the entire facility without compromising the identity of the newborn brewpub, Teo decided to convert a former chicken coop owned by his parents. In order to transport the wort, he even had a “beer duct” built: a 300 m long underground duct connecting the brewery to the cellar.
Years later, the whole brewing system was moved to the “chicken coop”. Its production capacity grew from the initial 500 liters to 1,000 liters. Soon after, the success reached by Baladin required a much larger facility which could brew 2,500 liters (by the way, each system has always been built according to Teo’s specifications, who didn’t want to lose the habit of “engineering” DIY and had to adapt the equipment to the needs of a craft brewery, which was rather new in Italy at the time...). Even the chicken coop became too small, and a larger structure became necessary. The occasion presented itself when a former 2,600 m² aluminum fixture factory at the foot of the Piozzo hill, in the nearby village of Farigliano, became available. The idea was to avoid building from scratch, but rather renovate the available premises without destroying any more green areas.
In January 2012, Baladin became a farm brewery with the intention of becoming responsible for the entire production cycle of its beers, starting of course from the earth and the ingredients needed to make them. The ultimate goal, which can be achieved through the production and sale of Baladin beers, is to support the whole cycle, producing wealth and ethical values at the same time.
The barley malt comes from the fields in Basilicata, while part of the hops comes from an experimental plantation in Piedmont, managed in cooperation with the School for Agricultural Sciences in Cussanio.
We still have not reached full autonomy, but given the current development trend we expect to achieve it in a few years. The Baladin farm brewery works over 2,600 m² covered premises and boasts a yearly production of about 12,000 hectoliters, with over 30 types of beer. In trying to become the first 100% independent craft brewery in the world, we pay great attention to energy self-sufficiency. When it comes to distribution, our beers are sold directly through a distribution company owned by Baladin. The main market is Italy, but the interest of foreign distributors is rapidly pushing the growth of exports to the whole world.