Monday, December 1, 2014

The Battle of Belgian-Style Beer Comes to Manhattan by Philip S. Kampe

The Battle of the Belgian-Style Beer visits Jimmy's No.43 (43 E. 7th, NYC) on December 6th

Rumors throughout the beer world surfaced recently regarding a Belgian beer face-off against contenders from around the world. Entrants from yes, America, France, Italy and the United Kingdom will vie for the honor, voted by consumers, what  beer best represents the Belgian style of brewing.

Union Beers’, Mike Lovullo, co-curator the event, promises an afternoon of fun, great beer and homemade food from Jimmy's No. 43.

The event will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday, December 6th at Jimmy’s Number 43, located at 43 East 7th Street in New York’s East Village. Tickets ($57) , if still available can be purchased by visiting . Included in the ticket price, on top of well over twenty beer selections, beer drinkers can dine on a whole roasted hog, Jimmy’s No. 43 style, bacon and vegetarian options to pair with your beer.

The line-up of beer at press time includes the Best of Belgium from 12% Imports. Beers included in the tasting are Vanberg & Dewulf, Shelton Brothers, B. United, Duvel and Merchant du Vin.

Small batch, one-of-a-kind and classic Belgian-style beers include:
Saison de Pipaix
Blaugies Moneuse
Smisje Catherine the Great
Wild Beer Somerset Saison
Ichtegem;s Grand Cru
Mystic Table Beer
Lovebeer D’Uvabeer
Bruery Oude Tart
Del Borgo 25 Dodici
Grimm Bees With A Buzz
Baladin Issac
Midnight Sun Trickster
De Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere
De Dolle Oerbier
Extraomnes Zest
Alvinne Melchior Pur Sang (aged in red wine barrels with cherries)

According to Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No.23, ‘Expect many surprises at the event, including the appearance of Famed Brewmaster Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales’.

I am looking forward to 3 hours of unlimited (until they run out) walk-around beer tasting and the opportunity to vote for my favorite Belgian-style beer.

Who will be the winner? American beer, Belgian beer or other European beer entries. We will all find out on Saturday, December 6th.

                                          Who will wine the competition?

Philip S. Kampe

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