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Cantillon is well-known in the beer community not only for their stellar, spontaneously fermented lambic beers, but also for the rarity and exclusivity of their products. Just the mention of the word 'Cantillon' sends excited chills up many beer nerds' spines, so to prepare yourself for the following news, I suggest you all sit down and grab a paper bag to breathe into before reading further.
Cantillon just announced the bar locations that will be receiving their 2012 shipment of Zwanze for Zwanze Day, and Kansas City's own The Foundry was one of only 16 U.S. venues to be selected. The Foundry joins notable beer bars around the country like ChurchKey in Washington D.C., Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia and more. Worldwide, a total of 35 locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia will be participating in Zwanze Day on December 1st, 2012. You can see the full list of locations on the official Cantillion announcement.
So what IS Zwanze? Well, back in 2008, Cantillon experimented by soaking rhubarb in Lambic to create the original Zwanze. In years since, they've changed the beer a bit with each vintage (2009 was brewed with Elderflower, 2011 with Pineau d'Aunis wine), but for 2012, Cantillon decided to recreate the original rhubarb Lambic using organically grown rhubarb.
This is very exciting news for Kansas City, and of course, inevitably sparks the speculation that the Shelton Brothers distribution issues in Missouri are finally coming to a close. Rumors have been floating around lately that they are indeed getting sorted out, but since I don't have any official word on that, I'll just leave it at that..rumors.
So mark your calendar for Saturday, December 1 and stay tuned as we find out what exactly Zwanze Day at The Foundry will involve and if there will be anything else to look forward to that day. Cheers!
UPDATE : EVENT DETAILS (posted 11/19)
I've just received full details of how the Zwanze Day celebration will go down. I'll let you read for yourself, but all I can say is I think there will be some people camping out at The Foundry on the night of November 30th!
The Foundry in Kansas City is happy to announce our Zwanze Day 2012 plans!! 120 Tickets will be on sale at the front door of the Foundry Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 am for the first 120 people. Tickets will be $30 CASH only, and each ticket will get you 4 6oz tastes of Cantillon beer, including Zwanze in a commemorative tasting glass, and a raffle ticket to win one of 3 great raffle prizes! Each beer will be poured at a different time.
Here’s your line-up:
12:30pm-Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise
2:00pm-Cantillon Zwanze toast
Be sure to have a valid form of identification, every person will be ID’d, no matter their age! This includes an ID that has not expired, and it must be a US Drivers License, US Military issued ID card, or a valid passport or visa. Foreign drivers license will not be accepted.
Other available beers in limited release:
Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise (Cuvee De Champions)
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend
Anchorage Love Buzz
Jolly Pumpkin ESBam
Trois Dames Grande Dame Oud Bruin
2010 Boulevard Saison-Brett
2011 Boulevard Bourbon-Barrel Quad
2010 Goose Island Night Stalker