“Fancy Pants” Beer Tasting
September 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A little while back, in an online forum, someone referred to Brasserie V as the “fancy pants beer bar” of Madison. And you know what? Dang skippy we are, and we’re gonna own it. With that in mind, on Wednesday 9/23, we’ll be taking you through a tasting of some of our most exclusive–and yes, expensive–bottles. I’m talking barrel-aged wild ales, lambics, blended barleywines, and more. More? More.
Also, look at that title; we’re not kidding. So if you come dressed in some fancy pants, we’ll knock 10% off your registration fee. But don’t think you can get by with just some tasteful slacks; you better go Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream-Pants here. If you don’t look like you just stepped off of the Sgt. Pepper album cover, no deal.
Anyway, beers. Here’s what we have confirmed so far, but check back as the date gets closer for a complete list:
Alvinne Wild West (Blackthorn Edition)
Alvinne is kind of nuts. It’s a tiny backroom-type of atmosphere with an attached bottle shop and tasting room, but the brewers put out an astounding array of beers from this one minimalist location. Their most famous beers come out of the Wild West series, fermented with the house “Morpheus” yeast, then aged in wine barrels. This version rests on sloeberries (an astringent, plum-like fruit from the blackthorn shrub) for an additional six months in used Bordeaux wine casks.
Siren Maiden 2014
A new-school brewery operating out of Finchampstead, England, Siren remains criminally underrated here in the States. Don’t let this beer’s wink-wink-nudge-nudge name fool you, either: one of the company’s most complex and sought-after beers, Maiden is a massive barleywine divided among several kinds of wine and spirit barrels (sauternes, Banyuls, whiskey, and more) then blended back together before bottling. The taste is insanely complex, and you might not even be ready for it. Just one way to find out…
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (Rum Barrel-Aged Edition)
If you’ve been coming to Brasserie V for any length of time, you might be familiar with this beer. Brewmaster Jerome Rebetez’ passion project, the standard (if you can call it that) Bon-Chien is a strong biere de garde aged in a variety of oak barrels before final blending. This version, however, undergoes an extended aging on rum barrels, resulting in a sweeter, fruitier beer with a pronounced spice character.
Famille Dupont Pomme 1998
My god, what a drink. You may have noticed the standard Pommeau, a blend of fresh-pressed apples and one-year Calvados, on our menu. This version was racked into five-year-old Calvados barrels all the way back in 1998, where it sat for ten years before a lengthy rest in bottles.
Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek
This side of Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen lambics are typically the most difficult to acquire here in the States, due mostly to a combination of extremely small output and high demand. They are, however, worth the time and trouble required to secure them. For this tasting, we’re featuring the “Intense Red” version of their oude kriek, a lambic brewed with just an obscene amount of tart cherries. The pour is almost black, with huge tannic notes, fleshy cherries, wool, iron, and a hint of marzipan.
Siren/Omnipollo Life is a Peach (draft!)
Siren is great. Omnipollo is great, and a little weird. So it makes sense that they would join forces to create this, an IPA brewed with peaches and lactose. Creamy and caramelly, with a soft texture and a big bite of American-style hops, it’s more than a tad ridiculous that we even have a keg of this.