New Belgium has announced in a press release the PDX version of its Sour Beer Symposium. I attended a similar event during SF Beer Week and found it to be perhaps the week's best event. Alongside this symposium, Saraveza has 2 other great seminars for Portland Beer Week that are not to be missed, the Beer & Coffee Brunch Seminar and the Wake up Your Senses seminar. Tickets are now on sale for all 3 events. Many more details from NB's press release on the Sour Symposium below.
[Photos are all from NB's Sour Symposium at SF Beer Week]
Ft. Collins, CO – May 18, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, today announced that it is hosting two Sour Symposium & Blending Workshops on Monday, June 11 at Saraveza’s “Bad Habit Room” as part of Portland Beer Week. Tickets are available at: http://beerboutique.bigcartel.
“Beer blending is a sensory art that brewers have relied upon for centuries to ensure palatable beverages,” said Todd Gilman of New Belgium Brewing. “Many of today’s specialty beers originated as test blends and are often blends of several different beers.”
During this Portland Beer Week seminar and workshop, guests will take a “trip” into New Belgium’s oak cellar, affectionately known as “Cache la Foudre,” (a play on words for Colorado’s Cache la Poudre River). They will learn about New Belgium’s history as America’s leading producer of Belgian-style sour beers from the brewers and blenders themselves.
Eric Salazar and Lauren Woods Salazar, the curators of New Belgium’s sour beer program and nationally recognized experts on this subject, will lead a slideshow and interactive discussion on the genesis of Wild Ales such as La Folie, Le Terroir and Eric’s Ale, with a focus on the blender’s art and techniques. A one-of-a-kind, hands-on blending workshop will follow, where guests will learn about the process of creating their own blended beer, using samples of single-barrel unblended base beer from New Belgium’s oak cellar, dispensed from a bar-top, gravity-fed cask.
Guests will document their blend ratios and take home a growler full of their very own, custom-blended Portland Beer Week beer. Limited seats are available in both sessions and tickets will go fast.
Portland Beer Week/New Belgium Sour Symposium & Blending Workshops
Saraveza’s “Bad Habit Room”
1004 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217
Portland Beer Week/Monday, June 11, 2012
There are two workshops available: 2:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are available on http://beerboutique.bigcartel.
Learn more about Portland Beer Week at http://pdxbeerweek.com/.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.