Monday, May 21, 2012

Sample Beers from France

Join us this Tuesday, 22 May at Bierkraft at 7 pm for a free sampling of some of our beers from France. France has a long brewing tradition but it tends to get overshadowed by the reputation of its neighbors in Belgium and Germany. Learn about the history of French beer, try samples from breweries both new and old, and taste why French beers deserve a place in your beer cooler.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Tap - De la Senne Zinnebir

The selection for this week's Thursday Tap (May 17) at Jimmy's No. 43 is one of our favorite beers, Zinnebir from Brussel's Brasserie De la Senne.

De la Senne is one of only 2 breweries within the city limits of Brussels (perhaps you've heard of the other one? Cantillon?). Brewers Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq are fiercely principled and are leading the charge to a return to the way things used to be, before big Belgian breweries started over-sugaring, over-spicing, and under-hopping their beers.

The Zinnebir, originally created by Bernard when he worked at the Sint Pieters brewery along the Zenne River (or Senne, in French), evolved from a strong, malt-focused, 8% beer to its current incarnation as a lighter, brighter 6% beer with the same yeasty complexity, malt backdrop, and refreshing hop bitterness.

The name comes from the Belgian slang word "zinneke" or "little bastards" which refers to the mixed-breed wild mutts that used to be found in the poorer sections of Brussels but now more often is used to refer to boys living in those same poor parts of town who have one Flemish-speaking and one French-speaking parent.

Zinnebir will be tapped at 5 pm. Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.