Philly Beer Week for ... Sour Freaks
Though suds of every sort will flow through town like the Mississippi River creaming Memphis, lambic-heads have a much shallower range of events offering a fix of funk.
Philly Beer Week for ... Sour Freaks
Pucker up, buttercup, it's Philly Beer Week. Though suds of every sort will flow through town like the Mississippi River creaming Memphis, lambic-heads have a much shallower range of events offering a fix of funk. As always, professionals arrive early, cash in hand. Don’t be 'that guy" and you might even earn a precious extra ounce of Cantillon from your harassed server. Our picks for gueuze-y glory after the jump.
U.S. Debut of Tilquin Gueuze at Monk’s Cafe (264 S. 16th St.)
Fri., June 4, noon, pay-as-you-go cash bar
New blender Pierre Tilquin combines straight lambics from Giradin, Boon, Cantillon and Lindemans. He's premiering his first blend at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium at 6 p.m. their time; Monk’s owner Tom Peters will handle the U.S. debut concurrently, kicking off at 12:01 p.m. here. Only 600 ounces (24 25-ounce bottles) are on hand; arrive early to score a six-ounce pour.
No Repeat Beer Week at Memphis Taproom (2231 E. Cumberland St.)
Fri., June 3-Sun., June 12, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily, pay as you go
For the third year in a row, Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft’s Memphis Taproom will run their No-Repeat Beer Week show, tapping a new and unique keg every time one kicks. There's a whole category of heady "Brett" (brettanomyces) beers (Allagash Confluence, Russian River Sanctification, Mikkeller It’s Alive, Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam, Allagash Vrienden, Lost Abbey Red Poppy and Rodenbach Grand Cru '08) in the rotation, so no matter when you pop in, there’s sure to be some funky fun on draft.
Belgian Beer Geek Draft Brunch at The Farmer’s Cabinet (1113 Walnut St.)
Sun., June 5, noon, pay-as-you-go
This Euro-centric beer bar will pour "incredibly rare" offerings from a bevy of Belgian notables, but sour fiends should beeline for the ludicrously hard-to-get Cantilllon Fou’ Foune, made with French apricots, and the funky-yet-approachable Hanssens gueuze on cask.
Lost Abbey Happy Hour with Tomme Arthur at Monk’s Cafe (264 S. 16th St.)
Sun., June 5, 4:30 p.m., pay-as-you-go cash bar
If you missed the 2009 Beer Week Brett Pack dinner, here’s another chance to taste Red Poppy, Lost Abbey’s luscious, super-limited Flanders-style red ale with sour cherries, aged in oak barrels. Also looking likely is Duck Duck, a blend of young and old barrel-aged brews in the style of classic Belgian gueuzes, but hit with pineapple guava fruit.
Russian River Sour Session #1 at the Radisson-Warwick Hotel (17th & Locust)
Sun., June 5, 7 p.m., $65
One year he was in Belgium, one year he was busy building his new brewery in Santa Rosa ... finally, Philly Beer Week earns a visit from Russian River boss brewer Vinnie Cilurzo. Tria Fermentation School will host a tasting of RR sours, including Batch 001 of Temptation, and Consecration from his personal cellar. Sadly, it’s sold out, but we can stand outside and hope for autographs, yeah?
All-Day Wood at Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave.)
Fri., June 10, 11:30am until it’s all gone, pay as you go
A full day’s line-up of exclusively wood-aged beers kicks off the second weekend of PBW. The list is long and exciting: Cantillon Fou' Foune, Hanssens Oude Gueze (firkin), Lost Abbey Angel’s Share (brandy barrel), North Coast Old Stock ‘09, Avery Samael ‘09, Struise Tsjeeses Riserva '09, Port Older Viscosity, Great Divide 17th Anniversary, Allagash Interlude, Sierra Nevada/Philly Beer Camp 2010 Exportation, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru. Dang.
Russian River Beer Brunch at The Drafting Room (635 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton)
Sun., June 13, 11 a.m., pay as you go
Vinnie Cilurzo is the uncontested king-daddy of sour, barrel-aged brewing in the USA — nearly every one of his “-ation” beers is a home run. Taste expensive and hard-to-find Consecration, Redemption, Salvation, Sanctification, Supplication and Temptation at this suburban event.
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