Ten Beers for Ten Years
August 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Take a trip through some of our favorite beers over the last ten years – from classic to eclectic. Led by owner Matt Van Nest and our on-staff Cicerone Josh Ruffin. We’re still finalizing the specific beers, but the following brands will definitely be represented:
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Well, we couldn’t not include this one! St. Bernardus Abt 12 is our house beer, and we sell more of it on draft than almost any other bar or restaurant in the country! It’s a huge, dark fruit-laden strong ale with hints of caramel and toffee.
THE classic farmhouse ale, Saison DuPont features a crackery malt bill, spicy-floral hops, and a unique yeast profile.
Rodenbach Grand Cru
For many beer fans, Rodenbach was their introduction to the weird, esoteric world of sour ales. A blend of old and young foeder-fermented beer, it’s crazy that there’s no fruit in Grand Cru; the beer is a riot of raspberry and cherry, with a Burgundy-like finish.
Thiriez La Blonde d’Esquelbecq
Thiriez is easily one of the top three on our list of Best Breweries You’ve Never Heard Of. A tiny farmhouse operation just over the French border, these folks produce clean, well-attenuated, complex, yet accessible riffs on the saison. Their Blonde is fruity, grainy, with an esoteric rusticity.
De Molen Tsarina Esra
De Molen, a small Dutch producer, produces a simply stunning array of beers. A particular specialty is their range of strong stouts and porters, like this one. Tsarina Esra is a straight-up imperial porter, loaded with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee, carried through by a light palate.
Dieu du Ciel! Derniere Volonte – Brett Edition
Dieu du Ciel (!) is perhaps best known for Peche Mortel, a decadent imperial coffee stout. But we have ten beers to get through here, so we’re going with something a little more recent, but no less finessed: Derniere Volonte is DDC’s Belgian-style IPA, and we got our hands on some of the brett-conditioned version. Still hoppy and bright, with a slight funk aspect.
LoverBeer is off the beaten path even for us. One of a handful of small Italian breweries straddling the line between wine and beer, their output is miniscule but world-class. This beer, BeerBrugna, is a blended sour ale aged in used wine barrels with plums.
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Nowadays, the Mikkeller brand is everywhere. They produce beers at several locations around the world, own several bars and restaurants, and just opened up Mikkeller Brewing San Diego last year. Perhaps none of it would have been possible without this beer: a strong stout brewed with coffee and chocolate, Beer Geek Breakfast has been twisted and tweaked to no end, but the original holds a special place in our hearts and livers.
Evil Twin Even More Coco Jesus
Evil Twin produces as dizzying a range of beers as Mikkeller, and it seems like at least a third of them are some variation on the infamous Even More Jesus imperial stout. The base beer is huge and challenging, but lends itself well to adjunct treatments like this, a batch dosed with coconut and maple.
There’s one more beer, but it’s really nothing special, so we don’t feel obligated to mention anything about it. Seriously, we’re not even sure why we’re featuring it. It’s not like it’s hard to get or anything. You might like it. Maybe. We don’t know your life.