Tomorrow night, Thursday, November 17, The Pine Box in Seattle hosts a New Belgium Brewing Night. Along with delicious beers from New Belgium, like rare sour ales, the event also marks the return of Dick Cantwell (at right, above) to the realms of brewing. As we understand it, among the beers they’ll pour is the first beer Dick has devised since he parted ways with Elysian Brewing and Anheuser-Busch in April of 2015: a hoppy, sour ale brewed using the Ales for ALS hop blend (more info below). The event gets started at 6:00.
“Dick Cantwell is a brewing legend, so when he decided to brew his first post-Elysian acquisition beer in our pilot brewery, we were obviously excited,” says a statement from New Belgium. “Cantwell worked with our pilot brewers on this year’s version of Ales for ALS, a charity brew that benefits research on ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).”
Here is the beer lineup according to The Pine Box Facebook page.
Ale for ALS
Hoppy Sour Pale Ale
Using the ALS blend of hops for this beer, we made a Hoppy Sour Pale Ale. We also added some Oats to this beer to give it a nice mouthfeel- along with some lacto to give it some tartness- this beer finishes up well balanced and delicious!
Love Blackberry Oscar
This is a single source delight from one specialfoeder of perfectly soured Oscar, our dark base beer. We laid the beer down in an Blackberry Whiskey barrel from Leopold Brothers Distillery.
Love Cherry Felix
This is a single source delight from one specialfoeder of perfectly soured Felix, our light base beer. We then laid it down In a Cherry Whiskey barrel from Leopold Brothers Distillery.
2016 Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale
Crushed up handfuls of Amarillo and Crystal Hops carry beautiful stone fruit and tropical aromas. As does a glass of our wood aged, pale sour beer, Felix. Dry hop the latter with the first and you’re onto something special: Le Terroir. This beer packs the bold and hoppy nose of an American IPA, and all the pucker of a well-crafted sour, into one insanely delicious beer. The Mango and peach tones of the hops offer an aromatic compliment to the deep complexity of the wood-aged backbone, and yet, no bitterness. The juicy finish rounds it all out. Tip back a glass and taste the amazement of a gold medal winning American sour ale.
2016 Tart Lychee (Sour Lips of Faith Release)
Deep in the heart of the jungle a misty fog hangs thick in the air, bracing tree trunks and blanketing the soft floor; the scent of tropical fruit floating on the thick dew. Suddenly a snapping twig breaks it silence, as a shadowy movement kicks up the air, parting the mist. It pounces. You brace for impact. The wild beast bites. You smile blissfully. You’ve just been stalked by Tart Lychee. This Lips of Faith release is brewed with exotic Lychee fruit and cinnamon, then blended with Sour Felix from our Wood cellar for a citrusy, tropical sip that attacks with an invigorating tart bite. Enter the tropics and brace for the wild.
This clear amber India Pale Ale beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor
Blue Paddle Pilsner
A Czech style pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish.
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