Happy Friday, beer lovers! Stop in with us and share a cold one. This week with only non-fatal beer news!
This Saturday is Zwanze Day, when one of the world's most unusual Belgian beers will be available at just 36 locations around the globe. Sixteen of those venues are in the United States... At noon (PST) that day, a keg of Cantillon Zwanze -- a rhubarb lambic -- will be tapped at The Trappist in downtown Oakland. At exactly the same time, these special kegs will be opened for a simultaneous global toast in 34 other locations -- everywhere except Japan, where it will be 5 a.m.You can all talk about beer without me here, can't you? When this posts I'll be in rainy Stanford Stadium watching the Pac-12 championship game, hoping the guys wearing red can beat UCLA for a Rose Bowl berth. For the tailgate I have Drake's IPA (from the East bay) and SN Celebration. Plus probably a flask of something warming. Salud! What are you drinking?
...The word zwanze is Flemish...A zwanze is a joke, a zwanzer a joker, and it was with that same playful spirit that Cantillon approached the concept of making Zwanze beer. The goal was to create a fun beer, something a little unusual, using nontraditional ingredients. This year's Zwanze beer is made with rhubarb.