I say this without hyperbole, New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar may be one of the nicest people in all of brewing.  That’s a pretty big compliment when you realize just how nice most people in the brewing industry are.  Lauren’s job of Sensory Specialist has her as the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth of New Belgium.

But, the coolest part of her job is that she’s the primary person to to do New Belgium’s barrel-aged blending.  She gets to taste all of the sour/funky beers coming out of the New Belgium and blend them into things like La Folie or the more recent Le Terroir.

Well, she’s coming to town and she wants to meet all of you.  Here’s a list of events she’ll be attending next week:

Monday November 5th:
6:30PM – Duff’s 12th Annual New Belgium Beer Dinner featuring all Lips of Faith Beers
$70/per person

Biere De Mars
Veal Torteloni, Portobello Picatta
Peach Porch Lounger
Molasses Glazed Duck Salad
Bretta Beer
Smoked Whitefish Cake, Beet Essence, Root Vegetable Slaw
Cocoa Mole
Tortilla Soup, Pork Carnitas, Pumpkinseed Salsa Verde
Prickly Pear Saison
Mango Sorbet, Pineapple Salsa

Tuesday, November 6th:

  • 5PM–7PM – Lips of Faith and Sour Beer Tasting @ Wine and Cheese Place (Forsyth)
  • 8PM-? – New Belgium Sour Beer Tasting featuring La Folie and Tart Lychee @ Hair of the Dog

Wednesday, November 7th:

  • 5:30PM–8:30PM – Beer School featuring La Folie @ Cicero’s
  • 9PM-? – STLHops Reception featuring Ooh La Leopold @ The Bridge

While all of the events are very cool, that last event was created just for us. Lauren wanted to thank the STL Hops community for all of their support of New Belgium and they’re breaking out a special keg just for us.

Ooh La Leopold is the Ooh La La aged in an oak fruit whiskey barrel. Sounds delicious. So, let’s make sure to visit all of these events all next week and keep Lauren coming back!