Beer Tasting: Top Shelf
January 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hey you. Yes, you. You deserve something special. Something unique. Something decadent. You deserve a whole night reserved for tasting some of the most spectacular beers in our portfolio, including a bunch that aren’t available anywhere else in Madison. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY.
So on Wednesday, January 17th, we’re hosting a tasting of some world-class, rare and, yes, pretty dang expensive beers. Because of the very limited availability of some of these, we’re limiting the reservations to 18 people total. Scroll down for the list and pricing; trust us, it’s worth it.
Cantillon Classic Gueuze
One of the world’s very finest classic gueuze beers. A blend of 1-, 2-, and 3-year old lambics aged on oak, it is tart, lemony, bright, and immensely thirst-quenching. Also, holy cray, we’re leading off with this one, so gird yer loins there.
Tilquin/La Rulles Stout Rullquin
Tilquin is one of the newer lambic-makers from Belgium, and their products stand up to any of the more dynastic labels. For this collaboration with fellow Belgians La Rulles, 7/8 of the latter’s Brune was blended with 1/8 portion of 1-year-old lambic from Tilquin. You want it.
Cascade Sang Noir
Guys, we got a keg of this. A KEG. Sang Noir is a blend of Flanders-style sour red ales aged on a combination of red wine and bourbon barrels with bing cherries for nearly two years. Do you need me to tell you it’s delicious? Jeez. Fine.
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2017
Brewmaster Jerome Rebetez is a freaking maniac, and no one can convince us otherwise. He’s also a hell of a brewer. Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a big biere de garde aged on a variety of wine and spirit barrels before being blended together, is one of his most sought-after beers. But the most sought-after? The various, ephemeral grand cru editions, typically consisting of a couple choice barrels. For this version, Rebetez blended together the best batches of his pinot noir barrels. It is rich, super-tannic, jammy, and exceedingly complex.
Buxton The Living End (Bourbon Barrel Ed.)
One of England’s best breweries that no one knows about, Buxton is quietly and consistently churning out everything from clean, well-attenuated classic styles to big, burly monsters like this. A rich, fudgy imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, it is one of the best beers from an exceptional brewery.
Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Collage #2
For this second version of their Collage series, Oregon brethren Deschutes and HOTD blended some insane single-barrel treatments of their strongest ales into one freaky, Voltron-style barleywine. Final blend: Pinot barrel-aged Abyss imperial stout, Pinot barrel-aged Stoic Belgian-style quad from Deschutes; oak and rye whiskey barrel-aged Fred and cognac barrel-aged Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog.
Evil Twin/Westbrook Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
In all honesty, this beer was the catalyst for this whole tasting. We got a very, VERY small drop of it, and decided this was the best way to spread the love around. We’ve featured the base beer before: a blend of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake and Evil Twin’s Imperial Biscotti Break, that beer is essentially an imperial stout with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans & habanero peppers. For this very special edition, it was then aged on oak barrels that had contained both bourbon whiskey and maple syrup. We haven’t tasted it yet because it pretty much doesn’t exist.