Friday, April 15, 2011

Lambics & Sour Beers

We've heard through the grapevine (hop bine?) that sour beers are the "in" things these days.  Popularity be damned:  some of our brewers have been making these old-style beers for generations.  Others are intrigued and challenged by the intricate and complex flavors derived from wild yeasts, spontaneous fermentation, and barrel-aging and want to brew beers they like, regardless of what the market clamors for. 

This Saturday, 16 April, Jimmy's No. 43, in conjunction with Beer Menus, is putting on a sour beer showcase to welcome the spring and wake up your taste buds.  We've been so busy sourcing a case here and a case there for this event that we're a bit late letting the world know about it but apparently someone else did our footwork because pre-sale tickets sold out.  But if you're feeling flush, we're told that a few tickets will still be available at the door for $80.  The ticket price includes all beer and food pairings from 12-5pm. 

Brother Joel and B.R. will be pouring a selection of our true lambics and other sour beers from Cantillon (including Cuvée des Champions)Drie Fonteinen (Schaerbeekse Kriek, anyone?)De Ranke (did you know they brew a Kriek?)Panil, and Jolly Pumpkin.  Fellow importers 12% and B. United will also be pouring sour beers from their portfolio.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

hadley the horse 
Hadley says, "My blanket does NOT smell like beer." 

And if you miss the Saturday event, the Tuesday $10 Tasting on 19 April at Jimmy's No. 43 will have a selection of 6 sour beers from the weekend's festivities.  We can't promise that any of our breweries will be represented but it's sure to be a tasty and educational event nonetheless. And you'll learn why the peasants in the Bruegel paintings look so happy.  The tasting starts at 7:30pm; no reservations required.

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