Pucker up: New Belgium is opening its wood cellar of rare wild ales for two exclusive sour beer blending workshops at The Black Squirrel’s Tap Room on Thursday, August 15th, starting at 6:00 p.m. New Belgium’s sensory specialist Lauren Salazar, regarded by many as a leading expert on wild ales, will show guests how to embrace the funk and blend a perfectly balanced sour beer. Tickets are $55.00 per person.
The price of admission includes:
· Samples of five rare wild ales from New Belgium’s wood cellar and a stainless-steel tasting container;
· New Belgium’s 2013 La Folie and a food pairing;
· A presentation in which Salazar explains the history of New Belgium’s sour beer program;
· A workshop where everyone gets a chance to make his or her own blended sour beer from four of New Belgium’s single-barrel bases.
A warning is necessary. These tickets are precious. Salazar is orchestrating only five of these events this year: in Portland, Ore., San Diego, Chicago, Asheville, N.C., and Washington, D.C. Because of the limited number of available seats, tickets are non-refundable.
The evening starts with a glass of New Belgium’s recent sour release, La Folie 2013, and a food pairing as Salazar explores New Belgium’s history of producing Belgian-style sour beers, the genesis of wild ales, and the blender’s art. Beer blending has been practiced for centuries to ensure palatable beverages. Many of today’s specialty beers originated as blends of several different beers.
At the end of Salazar’s presentation, it’s the guests’ turn to blend their own mixture and create a personalized sour beer using samples of single-barrel unblended base beer straight from New Belgium’s oak cellar. Find out what it takes to be the next Master Blender at New Belgium Brewing.
Thursday, August 15th
Session 1: Starting at 6 pm and ending at 8 pm (http://newbelgiumsession1.eventbrite.com)
Session 2: Starting at 9 pm and ending at 11 pm
The Black Squirrel (2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009; 202-232-1011; www.BlackSquirrelDC.com)
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100 percent employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
When & Where
The Black Squirrel
The Black Squirrel is Adams Morgan's go-to spot for craft beer and great food since 2007. Three floors, 57 draft lines, and more than 150 American craft and imported beers in stock. Located at 2327 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. www.BlackSquirrelDC.com 202-232-1011. @ThBlackSquirrel