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Zwanze Madness

Went to get tickets for Zwanze over the weekend. It was a madhouse.

 

So crowded. At least the beer was good. By the way, the original bottles of Cuvee Armand & Gaston are waaaay different than recent bottlings. Much better and funkier.

 

September 23rd I’m coming for you.

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With Big Birthdays Come Big Beers

Also, in a words of a close friend, “poor life choices”.

 

So, I didn’t even know that Mikkeller made a geuze.

 

de Garde Peach Bu b1 3L: Oh, why hello there you sexy beast. You are drinking surprisingly well! Let’s have a closer look…

 

Yes, yes. You are indeed holding up very well. Mmmmm

 

Phoneception? Must be a good reason.

 

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2002: Oh boy, it’s been a few years since I’ve had this beer. Crazy enough, it’s been very different each time I’ve had it. Guess that is par for the course when you are drinking a beer that is old enough to be learning how to drive. A+

 

Cantillon Fou Foune 2013: This might be my favorite recent vintage of Fou Foune.

 

Oakshire Hellshire VI Single Barrel Reserve: Wow, I had forgotten what real barrel aged stouts should taste like! Better than Assassin.

 

Some more goodies!

Maybe this bottle looks familiar from Brews for New Avenues? Between myself and a friend we were able to land one of the four bottles. Slightly funky, moderate tartness, with an incredible amount of raspberry. Really, really happy to be able to try this beer.

 

Well, you know how whales are supposed to be finished…

 

 

Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

Oh yes, we also had Dave.

 

 

 

Collaboration IPAs

I like these beer names too!

Boysen de Mer

Super, super fruity, but not a whole of other stuff going on here. I prefer the Special series of beers to the de Mer it seems.

Brews for New Avenues

One week late, but I’m finally sober enough to write about the main event at Brews for New Avenues.

 

However, things got pretty insane after Oysters and Geuze, so I was definitely riding the struggle bus.

 

 

Seriously.

 

Incredibly seriously.

 

A few moments of rest before I was assigned to help source water coolers for the event. Turns out the vendor who was going to bring water coolers fell through…jerks.

 

Okay, with nap time over, it was time to begin!

VIP members got stemware, bid numbers, tokens, a bumper sticker, and a T-shirt.

 

Some crazy stuff available at auction! I did not get a chance to take photos of the other two bottles in this set…

 

People were waiting in line for this keg, so I figured I would do the same.

 

 

It wasn’t long before I was put to work.

 

Yep, back to oyster duty.

 

It certainly had its perks though!

 

Work work work work work.

 

Hey look! People that were at my house the previous night! They are pretty cool people. Don’t mine Anne in the left photo, she’s just jealous.

 

Another year, another great event! Almost $240,000 raised for at risk youth! Can’t wait for the next one!

 

I did win a bottle from the auction, but that’s another post.

Oysters and Geuze

Oh Brews for New Avenues, knowing exactly how to butter up us beer geeks. Open bar geuze and oysters for 50 people?!

 

Spoiler alert, I won jack shit that day. 😦

 

But I was so excited to try!

 

Tilquin and Armand and Gaston pours? Well I’ll just pour these into the vast, demanding chasm that is my mouth.

 

The line for oysters was pretty fearsome though, I was asked to step in to lend my services. I happily obliged. It is, after all, for the kids.

 

It also meant I could feed people. Hilarity ensued.

 

One of the best beers from the weekend.

 

And it was great to hang out with friends who were visiting from all over the country for this event.

 

 

“So, you ready for the big event tomorrow?!”

Maybe.

 

Prep for Brews For New Avenues

Well, this was a few days before the event, but when friends start flying into town you open some beer.

Yep, hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife.