Holiday Beer Tasting, Pt 2
December 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
But wait…THERE’S MORE.
Part 2? Oh heck yeah. If you thought that we only brought in seven holiday-themed beers for this season, then that must have been your first time. So why not make this December 16th your second time? We’ll be bringing out a few more holiday beers for you to sample, along with a couple of returning classics, and a surprise or two. We’ll have at least seven beers total, plus a couple of cheeses and chocolates to go along with them. Here’s what’s in store:
Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
Farmhouse Ale – Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium – 9.5% abv
Brasserie Dupont, quite probably the world’s finest brewer of farmhouse ales, initially brewed this beer exclusively for family and friends of the brewery. It is now their holiday beer (the name translates to “with best wishes”), and their most highly regarded product. Avec les Bons Voeux takes everything about their classic saison and ramps it up: still effervescent and lively, with that classic peppery Dupont yeast, this ale is richer and fruitier, with suggestions of honey, pear tart, and fresh pastry.
Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver
Barleywine – Montreal, Canada – 10.2% abv
If you know Dieu du Ciel, then you likely, and rightfully, know them for their Peche Mortel, a decadent imperial coffee stout. This one flies a little more under the radar, but is no less deserving of acclaim: a rich, malt-focused barleywine in the English tradition, Solstice d’Hiver is complexly layered with toffee, earthy spice, caramel, dark fruits, and even a hint of orange peel. On tap, no less!
Corsendonk Christmas Ale (3L Jeroboam)
Belgian Strong Ale – Turnhout, Belgium – 8.1% abv
The holiday beer from this abbey-style brewery is a spicier take on their year-round Pater Brown, a rich, soft brown ale. We’ll be pouring this from a rare 3-liter bottle, known as a Jeroboam; photo ops are welcomed and encouraged!
Rochefort 8 (1L Magnum, 2011)
Trappist Quad – Rochefort, Belgium – 9.2% abv
Rochefort’s range of Trappist beers are stunning achievements when fresh, but a little age does wonders for them. So we’re cracking open this magnum bottle of the 2011 vintage to share! Look for the trademark high carbonation to have toned down, with the rich malt bill coming to the forefront.
Mikkeller To/From Via 2012 (Tequila Barrel-Aged)
Imperial Porter – Copenhagen, Denmark – 8% abv
We look forward to Mikkeller’s big holiday porter every year (look for the standard version on draft shortly), and we’ve brought out some of the special tequila-barrel version. The special oak-aging lends this rich beer an intriguing combo of spiciness and dryness, resulting in a porter that is slick yet light-bodied, and remarkably easy to drink.
Stay tuned for the remainder of the beers to be announced! Cost is $20 per person; we only have 18 spots, so call to reserve yours soon. We’ll see you on the 16th!