How it all began
After some research on the Internet, I made the wise decision to become a member of the beer and wine guild ‘The Alternative’ in Langdorp. The members of this guild gave away all their brewing secrets free of charge. They gave workshops and a full theoretical exposé of the brewing process.
Meanwhile I started building my own brewing installation in the garage . The first recipes were written and the experimenting could begin.
The original Stanneman logo
with which it all began
After a few years, the hunger for extra knowledge became too big and I enrolled at Syntra Leuven for the training ‘zythology’. My thesis: Commercializing home-brewed beer and starting a brewery’. After finishing the zythology course, I had met a lot of interesting people in the beer world so I decided to commercialize a very successful test brew.
About a decade ago, I, Erwin Vermeulen,
also caught the brewing bug.
It was a pitch black beer, using a Russian Imperial stout as its basic recipe. Due to commercial considerations, we tweaked it a bit into a very dark beer tending towards a stout. As this beer was so much more than an ordinary double, it was called ‘extra double’. Stanneman Extra Double.
IN THE MEANTIME I HAD DECIDED TO NAME ALL MY BEERS
AFTER ANOTHER GREAT LOVE OF MINE, MY SON STAN.
The idea that, when he turned eighteen, Stan could drink his own beer everywhere, seemed to me the best gift a father could give his son….
After starting the beer company ‘Stanneman’, I started looking for a brewery and ended up at Brouwerij Pirlot in Zandhoven. In the summer of 2016 I participated in the beer competition ‘To beer or not to beer’ of Vayamundo. The assignment being: brew a blond beer with a starting density of maximum 1060 and a color of maximum 15 EBC. Challenge accepted and passed with flying colours. Stanneman Blond was born.
After a good conversation with a brewer of a top brewery at the beer festival Zhytos 2018, I got the idea to brew a beer with the method double mashing. In other words making beer with beer instead of water. As a result we obtained a champ of 13 Vol.% alc, but with the alcohol well hidden thanks to the special brewing process. Stanneman Silent Killer was the name. We hit the bulls eye!!!
However, since the brewing process for Stanneman Silent Killer was immensely time consuming and expensive, I was forced to branch out to another brewery.
In the meantime, I received help from where I would least expect it, two enormously motivated beer lovers, Tim and Joris. Team Stanneman was born.
Tim is mainly concerned with sales and the creative side of things, while Joris is incredibly strong in mission driven business.