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On Saturday, December 1, Monk’s Cafe will be celebrating Zwanze Day. Monk’s is one of about 30 bars from around the world that Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium) selected to participate. The event starts at noon, but Zwanze will not be available until 3 pm, when the simultaneous tapping of the kegs around the world will take place.
This year, the Zwanze will be a rhubarb lambic - yup, that’s right. It’s safe to say that unless you participated in Zwanze day in 2008 when a similar beer was served, then you’ve probably never had a rhubarb lambic. Brewer/owner Jean Van Roy’s description of the 2012 Zwanze: “As you know, Zwanze 2012 is a Lambic mix with rhubarb. The process is the same as our fruit Cuvées like Lou Pepe or Fou’foune. An average of 300g rhubarb per liter Lambic, the mix was made begin July with a 20 months old Lambic. The maturation took 2 months and we bottled the beer on 6th of September. Beer is fruity and dry with a very good balance between the Lambic acidity and the rhubarb acidity, for some flavors, beer is close to rhubarb wines.” Tapped at 3pm - $10 for 6 ounce pour - 100% to charity.
Also on draft will be Cantillon Grand Cru Classic and Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2009. As Monk’s often does, instead of trying to reap great profits, 100% of the sale of these very rare beers will be going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The goal is to raise $5,000. CASH ONLY.
Monk’s will pour 6 ounce portions of these drafts at the following prices (100% donated to charity) (tapped at noon)
Cantillon Lou Pepe Kreik 2009 - $10 CASH
Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus - $10 CASH
Cantillon Grand Cru Classic - $5 CASH
Hair of The Dog/De Proef Flanders Fred - $10 CASH
Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale - $5 CASH
Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale - $5 CASH
Russian River Sanctificaiton - $5 CASH
Russian River Supplication - $5 CASH
Tilquin Gueze - $10 CASH
See the beer descriptions here.
(Photos are mine from my trip to Cantillon a couple years ago. The bottom picture is how they cleaned the barrels. A big chain put in the inside of the barrel would scrape away at the inside as it rotated on this machine. Pretty cool.)
Enjoy these wonderful, and don’t forget, 100% of your money to purchase these beers is going to a wonderful cause.