Posts Tagged ‘ La Vie est Belge ’

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?!”



Brews for New Avenues Oyster Social

This past week was Brews for New Avenues, a beer-centric series of events whose proceeds go towards helping local at-risk youth by providing housing, education, job training, and other skills that address the root causes of youth homelessness. While I think large-scale charities are great, there is a certain satisfaction knowing that your contribution towards a local charity is addressing something that’s in your own backyard. Anyways, Brews for New Avenues had an oyster social on Friday, where 50 people got to snack, eat as many oysters as they could, and drink some fantastic lambic. Did I mention that lambic and oysters is my favorite food/drink pairing? It’s heroic.

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Jaret Foster of Foster’s Craft Cooking shucking some Netarts oysters while sampling some lambic for himself.


Oy vey. These look delicious and tasted incredible.


These were our choices for lambic for the evening. There were also pours of Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze as well, but they were pours from bottles rather than from kegs.


Cantillon Lambic D’Aunis: Tasted better than the bottle I had on site at Cantillon, which is pretty much the only place that you can try this beer, with the exception of this event. Jean Van Roy of Cantillon sent over several cases of this beer for this event, and proceeds from bottle pours would be split between Brews for New Avenues and a charity back in Brussels that Jean supports. A-


Cantillon La Vie est Belge: This is batch 2 of Vin Juane, a lambic aged in Vin Juane barrels. Vin Juane is an oxidized French white wine, very sweet and nutty. I will go ahead and say that this is the most unique Cantillon I’ve ever had. Tastes like hazelnuts. It’s incredibly good and I doubt that I will get to try this beer again. A+


Oh look! It’s Jean telling us about the beers he donated!


Yes, that is a 3L bottle of Fou Foune. The lambic experts will tell you that there are no known bottles of 3L Fou Foune that have been released before. This is one of three that Jean donated for Brews.


The view from the venue was pretty awesome.