Night of the Funk – Belgian Beerfest

Friday night is the official start to the Beer Advocates Belgian Beerfest. Tickets are sold out but if you ever get a chance you really need to check it out. The Friday session is limited to 500 people and features spontaneously fermented, purposely inoculated with wild yeast or bacteria ,and brewed using weird ingredients in the most historically inspired Belgian beer styles. Steve and I went last year and he has been asking me for the last few months if we wanted to head back so I picked up a couple tickets. Some of the beers I am looking forward to trying:

  • Hanssens Cassis by Hanssens Artisanaal (Experimental brew w/ black currants; Version 1-2008; only 10 special cases made; 6.0%)
  • Samuel Adams Charon’s Kriek (Barrel-aged Cherry Beer; 6.0%)
  • Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk (Bretty Brown; 10.0%)
  • Russian River Beatification (Batch #2; 100% spontaneously fermented w/ Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus & other wild yeast & bacteria in old bbls; 5.5%)
  • Russian River Supplication (Batch #3; Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries; 7.0%)
  • Russian River Temptation (Batch #1; 3 years old; Blonde Ale aged in French oak chardonnay bbls with Brettanomyces; 7.25%)
  • Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs (A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.; 8.0%)
  • Hottenroth Berliner Weisse (Traditional Berliner Weisse w/ Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Saccaromyces fermentation. Special barrel aged version; 3.1%)
  • Struise Earthmonk Sour Ale
  • Deschutes The Dissident (Flanders Oud Bruin; 11.0%)
  • Ommegang Biere de Mars (The last 24 bottles in existence from the brewery; 6.5%)

They will be sampling 50+ different funky beers so there will be plenty of options. Its my hope that the Night of Funk is not followed by the bathroom of funk later in the evening.

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