The other day I got this email from Spuyten Duyvil:
This Thursday, June 10th at 6pm, some old friends are stopping by for a hang. Jean Van Roy of Cantillon, Armand Debelder of Drie Fonteinen and Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø will all be at Spuyten Duyvil to meet some people and drink some beer. Jean and Armand are rarely on this side of the Atlantic so take this opportunity to come by and tell them that they are Gods among brewers. We are not 100% sure what we will be pouring but below is the probable list of draft. There will also be some rare bottles on hand that these guys brought over from Europe.
I’m not sure if these names or breweries mean anything to most people, but to beer dorks the word Cantillon is the holy grail of lambics. While most American’s think of Lindeman’s sweet almost soda like interpretation of the style Cantillon bring the true tradition of wild lambics and sour flavors who’s brewing process hasn’t changed since 1900 useing spontaneous fermentation and barrel aging. It’s a very special occasion when Jean Van Roy, Cantillon’s brewer, will be in house to enjoy a drink with the patrons.
Spuyten Duyvil will have two beers from this amazing brewery on tap. Cantillon Iris which is brewed with all pale barley malt and has three hop additions: one of dried hops and two of fresh hops(the second only two weeks before the bottling/keging). This is not a traditional lambic because it lacks wheat as well as the use of fresh hops, and was brewed for the first time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Brussels Museum of the Gueuze. The second beer on tap will be the Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus which is their classic take on the raspberry lambic. Two amazing beers that are rarely seen on tap, available…possibly for only one night. I imagine they will go fast.
In addition to Cantillon’s Jean Van Roy, Spuyten Duyvil will host brewmaster Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø. Nøgne Ø is a craft brewery based in Grimstad, Norway. Jikium developed his passion for craft beer, specifically American styles, while visiting the US on his many cross Atlantic flights as a pilot. In the beginning, and maybe even currently, Nøgne Ø didn’t have a pilot system and every beer brewed by the brewery was released for commercial consumption making it essential that every brew be top notch. In the beer world Nøgne Ø is now one of those breweries beer geeks watch closely, and their beers while available in the bottle at fine beer establishments are rarely seen pouring from taps. Following Jikium will be four very special kegs from Nøgne Ø: their IPA, Saison, Sunturnbrew (their new smoked barleywine…why didn’t we think of that?), and an Imperial Brown Ale (details about all of these can be found here). Nøgne Ø’s beers are typically very expensive, and this might be your chance to do a side by side tasting of these wonderful brews.
Armand Debelder of Drie Fonteinen will be in attendance tonight as well, and he is also a brewer of fine traditional Belgian lambics. While no beers from Drie Fronteinen will be on tap, Spuyten Duyvil did say that the three brewers will be bringing bottles with them. I can’t even guess what that means, so it is probably best to make it over to Spuyten Duyvil to try some of these very rare beers…because the next time you see lambics like this might not be til this wonderful bar does their yearly lambic festival.
Get over there, talk with some world class brewers, and drink some beers you may never see again. The event starts tonight, Thursday June 10th at 6pm:
Spuyten Duyvil is located at
359 Metropolitan Ave
(at Havemeyer St)
- Photo of Nøgne Ø taps at Spuyten Duyvil via Beertography
- more on Spuyten Duyvil here.
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