Join us this week for a Very Special Keg from Pretty Things

FinestRegardsWe’re using the unseasonably chilly weather as an excuse to break out a very special keg that has aged extremely well and we’re tapping with bittersweet pleasure. Our Finest Regards is a Barleywine from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, a great gypsy brewery that closed shop last year. Almost none of their beers remains on the market, so this is your chance to try this incredibly nuanced “big” beer (11% ABV) on draught.

What is a barley wine? It’s a strong ale, originally an English style that can age well. “Barley wine” is a term coined for this ale, which is stronger like a wine, but it’s not a wine. A lot of breweries make a barley wine, including Sierra Nevada, and many beer collectors age barley wines to bring out more flavor notes. We could have held this keg for another 6-12 months of aging, but with the slight chill (okay, it’s really cold for mid-May) we thought it was time to tap it.

And if you’re a movie buff, then you know that the Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place. What you may not know is that our Backroom was used as a location in a new film premiering there. Our Backroom is available for film shoots, private parties, corporate events, art spaces and more. For rental inquires, email us.
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It’s Whiskey Time

DrinkingAdventurouslyWhether you spell it with an “e” or without, we’re celebrating it neat this week as we feature our deep list of artisan whisk(e)ys from across the US and Europe. Inspired by a chapter in spirits author Jeff Cioletti’s new book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously,we’ll be comparing our favorite whiskeys this week and at a special (ticketed – here) tasting with Jeff himself on Thursday (5/12).

The chapters of Jeff’s book break down drinking over a year, and include features on both Irish and Scottish whiskey, which got us wondering, “Who does it best?”

Join Jeff Cioletti for  comparison of six Irish and Scotch whiskeys as he talks about his new book! You’ll sample several different styles and learn all about this great spirit from an expert. Tickets are $15 for the tasting, or $45 includes a hardback copy of Jeff’s book (or $35 for a paperback copy), which he will sign for you.

Raise your glass with us and toast the great peaty beverage that is among our favorite distilled liquors.

Join us for April Sours this Weekend

20150413_091736We’ve decided to change the format of this weekend’s April Sours to feature some of our favorite lambics, geuzes, goses and saisons all weekend long. We’ll be pouring several large-bottle-format beers by the glass, including special limited brews from the Bruery and Jolly Pumpkin. Among the featured beers:

  • Way Beer Sour Me Not Caju – a great new sour beer from Brazil
  • Slaapmutske Flemish Old Style Kriek (Belgium)
  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Michigan)
  • And many other featured Bruery beers and unique Belgians

So join us as we celebrate April Sours!