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Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Cantillon, for me, was one of the great beer Meccas that the world has to offer. Brewing traditional lambics since 1900, the brewery puts out some of the best sour beers on the market. All of Cantillon’s beers are spontaneously fermented, meaning they are open to the air for the brewery’s natural terroir to impart more than 100 years of developed wild yeasts to create its unique flavors. The brewery is the only one left … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Cantillon

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

We have a real treat for this edition of “Better from the Barrel.” De Struise, a well respected Belgian brewery, does some crazy things with their stouts. Stemming from the base of Black Albert, a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, De Struise offers Cuvee Delphine and Black Damnation V: Double Black. Cuvee Delphine is step two in this process and is Black Albert aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for a few months. Double Black … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, De Struise Brouwers, Four Roses, Imperial Stout

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Sours just aren’t my thing yet. This is something I’m actively working to change, broadening my horizons to include this remarkably diverse style of beer. We all started somewhere, in fact, our own Russ Beck didn’t always care for the style. Weird faces aside, I’m always glad when someone offers to share something to better introduce me to the style.  This, much like the North Coast Pranqster I recently reviewed, was shared with me by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Monk's Cafe

Beer and Food Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Pairing beer and food together isn’t easy yet it also isn’t magic. I recently attended a Winter Craft Brew and Beer Pairing with some friends and I wasn’t disappointed. The host was faced with a mixed bag of beer fans ranging from those without much knowledge of craft beer to those hard-core craft beer fans that only drink the mass-market beer to earn untappd badges. For a successful event I believe you must follow these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beer Pairing, DuClaw Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Rogue Ales, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Trappist Rochefort, Weihenstephan

Belgian / Dutch Beer Tasting

Belgian / Dutch Beer Tasting

Over the past year I’ve done a couple of beer and running related posts. I first talked about my love of running and beer in this post and how the former lets me enjoy more of the latter. I followed that up recently with a post about Hashing so when a running-buddy wanted to get together for a long run followed by a beer tasting he didn’t have to ask me twice. We got together for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium, Lambic, Netherlands, Oude, Saison, Strong Dark Ale, Witbier

Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Now that we’ve covered Churchkey’s iteration of Cantillon’s Zwanze Day only one question remains: How was the beer? Typically when we review a beer it covers the thoughts of one person. Tonight you’re getting a review encompassing the thoughts of all who attended! Cantillon’s Zwanze is a special beer brewed once a year and typically is different each year. This year’s, however, is a recreation of the 2008 variation: a lambic brewed with rhubarb. Why … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cantillon, Lambic

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Since adding Kenton to our regular cast of characters, we have been looking for a reason to get a bunch of us together for in-person introductions and a chance to share some celebratory beers. Figuring the weekend that held Cantillon’s Zwanze Day was our best bet, plans were set in motion and our cellars shivered at the destruction that was to come. Zwanze Day is in its second year; Cantillon’s head brewer Jean Van Roy sees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Cantillon, Lambic

The Beer Circle Tasting Part 1

The Beer Circle Tasting Part 1

Last weekend Garrett and I descended upon State College for Penn State’s annual Blue White Weekend. Figuring there was no better thing to do than guzzle down some big beers with each other and some good friends, we convened with Paige in Bellefonte for an evening of hockey, reminiscing, and drunken banter. Because of varying timeframes, the evening started off with Garrett’s offerings of Rogue John John Ale brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels and John … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cantillon, Gin, Herbed/Spice Beer, Lambic, Rogue Ales, Tastings

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

At our Eclipse tasting, Jeff’s friend Matt informed me of a rare “Beers of the Cellar” event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, on April 10, 2012. Considering I could only dream of what they sell at the bar, getting a taste of Tom’s cellar was too good to pass up–even at $95 a ticket. The dinner featured beers older than I am, sours of many vintages, and a six-course meal. I rolled into Monks a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barleywine, Bars, Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Cantillon, Cider, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, Dopplebock, Gueuze, J.W. Lees & Co., Kriek, Monk's Cafe, Port Brewing Co., Quad, Victory Brewing Co.