Sunday Funday – A European Beer Tasting
January 29, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
It’s that time of year again!
For three hours, we’ll be tapping some of our rarest, weirdest, and biggest beers for you to enjoy. We were able to acquire all of these with the help of our friends at B. United and Shelton Brothers, two of the country’s most well-regarded boutique importers. This year, we have a great mix of sours, big stouts, and just a bunch of general craziness.
Here’s what you get with your “ticket”: 1) a 4 oz pour of each beer, 2) Cheese board, Sausage and unlimited Frites, courtesy of our amazing kitchen staff, and 3) Prize Table – Random drawings and every person will be a winner and get a chance to pick an item during the day from our special prize table of hats, glassware, beers, BV swag and more!
This will be a reservation only event. Cost is $65, which includes all beers, food and fun. So please join us and bring a friend or two! Call us to reserve your “ticket” at 608-255-8500.
We’re still working on one special, final beer for the lineup, but here’s what you will be tasting:
Alvinne Wild West: Plum Edition – Oak Aged Sour Ale – 6% abv
A tiny brewery specializing in oak-aged weirdness, Alvinne has an entire line of these Wild West beers. The plum edition is aged on red wine barrels with plums, and your life is worth nothing until you’ve tried it.
Amager/Malmo The Amazing Gotland Campfire Beer – Smoked Ale – 7% abv
A smoked porter-like beer brewed with actual marshmallow! Rich but not cloying or tiresome, with toasted graham, cocoa, and vanilla flavor.
Buxton Single Barrel Rain Shadow – Imperial Stout – 12.2% abv
Rain Shadow is an amazing imperial stout in its own right, but this, a version kegged off a single bourbon barrel, will make you question reality.
Domaine Dupont Avrolles & Petit Jaune – Farmhouse Cidre – 6% abv
A true French Normandy cider, this classic example is tart and bone-dry, with more than a hint of lambic about it. Lots of musty apple skin notes; a study in terroir.
Del Ducato/Oxbow Oud Brunello – Oak Aged Sour Ale – 7% abv
To make this beer, Oxbow brewed a base brown ale, then reserved part of it stainless steel tanks. They racked the remainder over to oak barrels formerly filled with Del Ducato’s Chrysopolis, a wild ale made in the lambic tradition. After this base beer was done fermenting with Del Ducato’s house brett and bacteria cultures, it was blended back with the non-soured beer. Finally, the whole concoction was racked off into fresh Brunello wine barrels.
Glazen Toren Ondineke – Belgian Tripel – 8.5% abv
Brewed in the classic abbey tradition by this little steam-powered operation, Ondineke is softly textured, with big floral aromas, plus notes of peach and hay.
Haandbryggeriet Akvavit Porter – Barrel Aged Porter – 8.2% abv
That classification doesn’t really do the beer justice. Beginning life as a standard strong porter, Haandbryggeriet then racked the beer into barrels that used to hold akvavit, a traditional Scandinavian spirit flavored with cardamom, caraway, anise, cumin, and fennel. Only in Norway…
Hanssen’s Experimental Raspberry Lambic – Framboise – 6% abv
You guys, Hanssen’s has kegs. They have kegs! This is one of the last lambic blending operations anywhere in the world, and the husband and wife team that runs it have the process down to as much of a science as you can get. You know the drill: spontaneously fermented beer, blended, then re-fermented with raspberries. Yum.
Nogne Ø Sunturnblend – Smoked Barleywine – 11% abv
Brewed in honor of the shortest day of the year, this big, sweet barleywine is peat-smoked for balance, and also for funsies.
OEC Exilis – Berliner Weisse – 3.8% abv
One of the most exciting breweries operating today, OEC is the brewing arm of B. United Importers. Exilis is a Berliner Weisse ale spontaneously fermented in the OEC coolship overnight, then pitched with house yeast the following day. It is tart, refreshing, and world-class.