Posts Tagged ‘ Cantillon ’

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Post Pig Tasting

I was a wreck of a person, but I had to hurry home from the beach the next day to meet up with some other friends for a bottle share. I rallied about an hour before everyone arrived, thank god.

 

I picked up some charcuterie, Dexter was extremely interested in what was going on. Also, of course I fed him a little of it.

 

Trying to warm up before friends arrived!

 

Toppling Goliath Double Dry Hop Pseudo Sue: Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve had Toppling Goliath. What a refreshing change of pace from all the NE-style IPAs I’ve been drinking lately!

 

de Garde Imperial Boysenberry Bu b1: Yep, the original! No stamped labels! Sorry Trevor, I know you don’t like it when I drink old de Garde, but the stuff can be incredible at times! This is  no exception, so sour, but tons of fruit and funk at the same time. If any of you have these left, make sure to get the sediment back into suspension a little bit before opening, it’s way better that way.

Bokkeryder Perzik: Well fuck me, whatever kind of peaches are in this beer, I need to find them and eat them all.

 

 

Just some of the other beer we had that day.

 

Yep, Saint Lamvinus is still my favorite seasonal Cantillon

Kill shot, and I had to work the next day.

‘Murica

Went to the beach, smoked some briskets (well, I ate it anyway), and roasted a pig (also ate that). Beer was also involved.

 

But first, had to make a stop at one of my favorite haunts. I was running late anyway, no one was going to miss me being a little later!

 

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus: Well shit, I guess I shouldn’t have made that stop at de Garde on my way over! Lucky my friends saved me pour of this beast!

 

 

 

 

Plenty of adorable animals around for me to pet. Also, they beg for food.

 

Obligatory pictures of beer.

 

Oh you were so delicious.

Well fuck.

Cantillon Iris 2003 (2004 cork): So, I love lambic….but I’ve never been that enamored by Iris. It was good sure, but definitely one of the weaker lambics from Cantillon if you ask me. However, there’s a loyal following of beer nerds that say that Iris only really hits its stride when it’s old. Well, I believe 13 years is old enough right?

 

 

FUCK.

 

 

This beer is incredible! Not nearly as sour as I expected, but unbelievable complexity is here. Grass, barn, funk, wet sock, communism, some Donald Trump hair, it’s all here. Looks like I’m going to have to age my other bottles of Iris for a decade+ before I can drink it again. A++