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The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest 2009

BeerAdvocate’s sold out The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest is this weekend, and the beer list is as impressive as any that I’ve seen. There are well over 100 beers being served the entire weekend, but I’ll try to pick out a handful that I’m especially looking forward to trying:

Night of the Funk:

  • Brooklyn Brewery Wild 1 — Barrel aged & Brett infused version of their Local 1
  • Cambridge Brewing Company Om — “Strong Belgian golden ale aged in Frech oak chardonnay barrels for 1 year, vibrated weekly at 136Hz with tuning forks and Tibetan chanting bowls”
  • White Birch Brewing Wild Ale — “Golden ale aged on the dregs of a wild ale fermented w/ two strains of brett & chardonnay soaked oak chips.” This one will only be available for NotF

Friday night also features a discussion panel on “funk” moderated by Andy Crouch, and featuring Rob Tod of Allagash, Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company, David Yarrington of Smuttynose, Mike McManus of Ommegang, and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey.


  • Ommegang Adoration — Their new winter seasonal strong dark ale
  • Harpoon Brewery Hophop — A hoppy Belgian ale
  • Pretty Things Jack D’Or — A very unique saison. I’ve had this before but I can’t get enough of it.

Saturday’s first session also features a discussion panel moderated by Andy Crouch. The guest speakers include Dann Paquette of Pretty Things, Jason Perkins of Allagash, M. François de Harenne of Orval, Mike McManus of Ommegang, Patrick Rue of The Bruery, and Megan Parisi of CBC.

And of course, plenty of awesome food from Sunset Grill and waffles from Waffle Cabin.


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