Monday, January 11, 2010

The Imperial Pilsner is Nigh

I've got good news and bad news. The good news is Boulevard's first collaboration beer is hitting the shelves next week and you're all invited to the release party! The bad news is you'll have to drive out to Lawrence in the middle of January if you want to participate... The trip will be worth it though as you'll have an opportunity to toast to a new year and a new beer with Brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Jean-Marie Rock of Orval.

If you were at Barley's back in October for the second installment of their Beer School, you know Jean-Marie came all the way to Kansas City to collaborate with Pauwels on an Imperial Pilsner. This is a style of beer Rock had back in Belgium many years ago and wanted to recreate. Why anyone would want to recreate anything resembling a Pilsner is a mystery to me, but since I have yet to find a Smokestack Series beer I haven't liked I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. That, and we're talking about the guy who freaking brews freaking Orval... Are you kidding me?

If you want to start 2010 off with a bang (or a popped cork) head out to the Oread Hotel in Lawrence on Monday the 18th. These two crazy Belgians will be bringing the crunk from 8 to 10pm.

Oread Hotel
1200 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66044-3142
(785) 841-0099


  1. Lawrence, KS??? They seriously aren't doing this in KC? WTF significance does Lawrence hold?

  2. What? You don't want to drive 45-60 minutes to try a beer in a hotel in the town where John McDonald went to college?

    I'm guessing they are doing it in Lawrence so they don't have to field questions on why the shitty distributor won't have it on KC shelves for another 2 weeks.

  3. The best remedy for this is cask Hopslam at the Flying Saucer!!!!

  4. Agreed on the Hopslam comment, but that place will be a zoo I'm sure.