Beltaine is a handicraft #chestnut and #spelt beer produced in Granaglione, near Bologna in the Appennini, in a micro-brewery where both the fermentation and maturation tanks and the bottling system can be seen. The micro-brewery allows a production of 400 litres of must per cycle, thus permitting an annual brewing of around 60,000 bottles.
The three different kinds of Chestnut Beltaine beer are:
– Doble Malt Smoke Chestnut and Juniper Beer;
– Special Chestnut Beer;
– Chestnut and Wheat Beer;
Beltaine beer is produced using only the finest ingredients and is obtained through the process of high fermentation and then re-fermentation in the bottle.
Characterised by an abundant and structured froth, which is generated during the refermentation process and which lasts long in the glass during tasting, the three different types of chestnut Beltaine beer have flavours that range from spicy to fruity to citric. The yeasts, which can be seen in suspension, are proof of the natural re-fermentation which takes place in the bottre and lend the beers a mark of genuineness. descriptions of each beer are on the special pages
The production of the chest-nut beer Beltaine wants to is part of an ampler project: rediscovery of the cultural values connected with the growing of chestnut trees and at the re-launching of a source of income that allowed the local population to remain on the high-hillside and mountain territory.
BELTAINE: A CELTIC NAME
The name Beltaine is derived from the important Celtic spring festival, which was celebrated on May 1″ to mark the beginning of the springtime and the rebirth of nature. Literally translated from Gaelic, Beltaine means “Bell’s fires”, since the celebration was held in honour of Bell, the god of fire and light.
Fire symbolized earth returning to life and fertility and was the sign of the ever-changing cosmic energy, responsible of the never-ending transformations of things: Beltaine, then celebrated the idea of regeneration.
It was just among the regenerating bonfires, lit using different types of wood to purify the soil and improve its fertility, that the Celts used to lead the cattle to cleanse it from any illness generated during the long winter, spent inside, and to protect it for the rest of the year. Granaglione was on the limit of the Celtic settlements on the Bolognese Apennines and the typical Celtic drink was beer, whose Gaelic name was Cervogia., from which are derived the Spanish Certteza and the Portuguese Cerveia.
The Lover’s knot
The “Lover’s knot’ is one of the Celtic knots, uninterrupted lines that derive from the ornamental and decorative Celtic tradition.
They generally represented the continuity of life, the never-ending cycle of life and death, day and night.; for the Celts, life did not have a beginning and an end (in fact, we don’t find any legend about the creation of the world in Celtic mythology), but went on continually (death was then merely the energy leaving its shape to move elsewhere), and the interLacements represented this very flow of the divine energy along different shapes.
The symbol of the “Lover’s knot” reproduced on the label is made up of a continuous line, which represents fidelity, eternity and unity_ The external circle symbolizes the sun, while the drawing inside is made up of four clovers, one for every season, each one representing the three forces of nature: earth, air and water.