Empty Your Bank Account at Bottleworks Today, Then Go Begging at Brouwer’s

February 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Beer Releases, California Beer, Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

As if it won’t be busy enough already at these events, I just wanted to send a reminder about today’s special releases over at Bottleworks. It’s going to be easy to burn through money today, but it’s going to be much more rewarding than investing in the market these days.

Wednesday is a big day at Bottleworks. We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary with the release of two special beers, both on sale when we open at 11am. In addition, we will be releasing 10 years of cellared surprises from the Bottleworks series including the 6th Anniversary beer brewed by Far West Brewing. Some information on the two 10th Anniversary beers:

The first is the New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale. The beer was blended at New Belgium during GABF week by owner Matt Vandenberghe, operations manager Matt Bonney and a crew from Brouwer’s, Click Distributing, and the Toronado. Bottleworks 10 is a blend of three beers from foedres #3 , #13, and #2 (foedres are the wooden aging vessels that house beers like La Folie, Le Terroir and Eric’s Ale). New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar dosed both the kegs and bottles with Brettanomyces Lambicus and, according to NB sensory expert Lauren Salazar, the beer “turned out fantastic! Different from any of our sour blends before and much more brett forward- kinda like Biere de Mars and La Folie ran smack dab into each other.” New Belgium Bottleworks 10 will be available in 750ml bottles for $20 each. There will be a 2 bottle limit per customer per day.

Beer number two is Hair of the Dog Matt. To create Matt, HotD Brewer/Owner Alan Sprints took his Adam and blended a combination that was aged in both apple eau-de-vie and 33 year-old bourbon casks for a year. Sprints says “Matt is deep and lush with notes of apple, chocolate and smoke.” Matt will be available in 12oz bottles for $15. There will be a 4 bottle limit per customer per day.

From 5-7 pm we will have a tasting of both 10th Anniversary beers. Hair of the Dog’s Alan Sprints and New Belgium’s Eric Salazar and Jamie Mastin will be on hand along with the two Matts. The tasting will cost $2.

There are some seriously ridiculous beers available that they are clearing out of their cellar. But, if their last cellar sale was any indication, they will not come cheap.

As if there weren’t enough reasons to stop by Bottleworks already, the new Russian River Consecration will also be available today:

If you don’t already have enough reasons to stop by today, here’s one more: we have Russian River Consecration. Inspired by the Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale that Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo made in 2007, Consecration is a strong dark ale aged for 9 months inside Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. During the aging process, currants are added as are Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus. The beer weighs in at 10% ABV and it is tasty. We have 750ml bottles for $22.99. There is a two bottle limit per customer.

After picking up beers at Bottleworks, don’t forget to head over to Brouwer’s Cafe where the celebration will continue with the tapping of kegs of both 10th Anniversary beers as well as Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks 9), Flyers 120 Schilling Scotch Ale (Bottleworks 8 ) and Elysian Icarus (Bottleworks 5). They also tapped a keg of Russian River Pliny the Younger last night…but I’m guessing there is a sold chance that will run out pretty quick (if it has not already).

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • ethan.john

    Just now found your site — can’t believe I missed it in my recent research. Are you on Twitter? There’s a giant Twitter beer community.

    I considered taking the day off from work to assure myself some of these releases, but I’m going to have to be satisfied with the tasting.

    Great site — I love having a central resource for Seattle-area beer stuff. I’m not sure if you’ve seen this site, but it’s an insanely complete list of beer festivals:

  • Kaiser

    Hey there- glad you enjoy the site! I am on Twitter as glkaiser, but I haven’t posted anything there, yet.

    It will be a “long lunch” for me so I can head over to BW and pick some up:-)

  • ethan.john

    Just dropped by Bottleworks for the tasting. I’d say the New Belgium blend (the sour) needs a bit of aging. It doesn’t have the same depth of character as many of the sours I’ve had.

    Hair of the Dog’s Matt, though, was pretty outstanding. Who knows what style it was, but it was heavy with smokey licorice. Glad I was able to pick up my 2 bottles.

    Sure seems like an in-crowd there — you ever been to a tasting there? They all seem to know each other.

  • Kaiser

    Agreed on both accounts for the beers – the Matt was outstanding…world-class. Absolutley worth the price. The New Belgium was very solid, but I think I’d prefer a straight up La Folie even.

    I’ve actually never been to a big tasting at Bottleworks. I honestly just figure it’s going to be too packed every time. I opted to head over to Brouwer’s early and sip on a Pliny the Younger:-)

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