Foeder program

Foeder Room

Foeder Room


What is a foeder?

Foeder (pronounced FOOD-er) is a large wooden vat used to ferment or age beer. Brewers use Foeders to impart complex characteristics into the beer with notes that can range from delicate oak vanillins pulled from the wood to funk-forward profiles derived from wild yeast. 

Trans Canada Brewing Co. Foeder program

In 2017, we installed six French Oak Foeders and began our specialty Foeder Aging Program. Currently many of these beers are still aging; continuing to develop characteristics unique to each batch. Once the Brewmaster deems the batch to have reached its desired profile, the beer is transferred out of the Foeder and a new batch of beer introduced into the Foeder. The process continues on. We are proud to be the first brewery in Manitoba to work with Foeders. 

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Foeder reserve: parhelion farmhouse saison


The first collaboration beer coming out of our Foeder Reserve Program!! Back in February 2018, Brewmaster Morgan Wielgosz collaborated with Amsterdam Brewing Company to create this unique rustic Farmhouse Saison.

Parhelion Inspiration and Amsterdam Brewery Collaboration 

There is a customary “passing of the guard” when a brewer moves on to work at another brewery. Their previous Brewmaster travels to the new brewery to collaborate on an inaugural beer. We carried on this tradition when Amsterdam Brewery’s Brewmaster Iain McOustra and Innovation Head Brewer Cody Noland travelled to Winnipeg to work alongside Morgan Wielgosz, former Brewing Supervisor for Amsterdam Brewery and now Trans Canada Brewing Company’s Brewmaster. This collaboration resulted in the first release from our Foeder Program, Parhelion Farmhouse Saison from Foeder No. 6.

The Name “Parhelion” 

On the day of the brew, in February 2018, a Parhelion, more commonly known as a Sundog, dominated the frigid Winnipeg winter sky inspiring the name for this beer.

Parhelion’s Unique Ingredient and Process

This Rustic Farmhouse Saison was brewed using wild rice sourced from Du Bois Wild Rice Ltd., a fourth generation Manitoba family farm. A combination of the French oak from the foeder and the bottle conditioning process created a delicate effervescence that enhances the complex notes, blending together in a balanced finish.

Parhelion Tasting Notes

Experience a soft, oak silkiness that unfolds over complex spice and fruity esters with a traditional yeast funk (Brettanomyces) and a nutty undertone pulled from the wild rice.

Parhelion Specs

ABV: 7% IBU: 25

Best served in a Teku or Stemmed Saison-Style Glass

Recommended Serving Temperature: 8˚-12˚C

Best Enjoyed Before: November 2019