The 5th installment in world-renowned Brasserie Cantillon’s Zwanze series is finally ready for public consumption, as more than 30 locations around the world have been selected to tap the beer on December 1. Following numerous issues with second-hand sales of bottles during 2009 and 2010, head brewer Jean Van Roy elected to make the beer draft only in 2011, sending the rare one-off lambic to a handful of reputable bars and breweries around the globe.
Among the selected recipients will be Monk’s Café in Philadelphia and Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, giving Tri-State residents the opportunity to taste a truly one-of-a-kind brew. Brewers determined the original top-fermentation beer intended for Zwanze 2012 wasn’t quite ready for the occasion, choosing to delay for a possible 2013 release. In an effort to save the event due to overwhelming popularity in 2011, Van Roy opted to recreate the inaugural Zwanze from 2008, which was a rhubarb lambic (yes, that’s right).
From the brewery:
“[2008’s] vintage had been brought about by soaking rhubarb in Lambic. The ultimate result of that experiment was a very delicate and complex product in which the beer’s acidic taste struck a very nice balance with the plant’s tartness and then lingered long on the palate.”
US locations for Zwanze Day 2012:
- Armsby Abbey – Worcester, Massachusetts
- Avenue Pub – New Orleans, Louisiana
- ChurchKey – Washington, D.C.
- Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar – Denver, Colorado
- Holy Grale – Louisville, Kentucky
- Hop and Vine – Portland, Oregon
- Lord Hobo – Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Monk’s Café – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Novare Res Bier Café – Portland, Maine
- REAL a gastropub – Honolulu, Hawai’i
- Redlight Redlight – Orlando, Florida
- Spuyten Duyvil – Brooklyn, New York
- The Foundry – Kansas City, Missouri
- The Trappist – Oakland, California
- Toronado – San Diego, California
- West Lakeview Liquors – Chicago, Illinois
Each location will be hosting unique events with other special beers on draft, with Zwanze tapping in many locations at 9pm Brussels time (3pm EST). Monk’s Café will be featuring Cantillon Grand Cru and a mystery Cantillon keg on tap, along with their usual selection of reserve lambic bottles.
Spuyten Duyvil will be tapping:
- Cantillon Saint Lamvinus (Bordeaux Grapes)
- Cantillon Mamouche (Elder Flowers)
- Tilquin Oude Gueuze
- Dilewyns Vicardin (Triple with Girardin Gueuze)
- Loverbeer D’Uva (sour ale brewed with Freisa grape must)
- Hanssens Oude Gueuze 2010 (cask)
Please keep in mind that many of these events will be extremely well-attended (read: crowded), so expect to arrive early and remain patient with your local servers and bartenders.
Monk’s Café is located at 264 S. 16th St in Philadelphia and Spuyten Duyvil is located at 359 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn.