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“Making friends is our business.” – Adolphus Busch

Though I’m not entirely sure that New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar would approve of being compared to one of the beer czars of old, she’s certainly made a lot of friends in the beer business.  In fact, I’d argue she’s one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in the beer world.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lauren, well, here’s your chance.  Starting today New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in St. Louis to do a bunch of events in the area. Here’s a rundown of everything going on:

Wednesday, January 6th
Meet the Brewers at Three Kings w/Perennial Artisan Ales 7:30-9:30pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists and Phil Wymore, Co-Owner of Perennial Artisan Ales

Featuring: Love Felix Apple, Le Terroir, Bier de Mars, Blackberry Barleywine, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout on Nitro & a special test batch keg of Clutch, and a keg of Perennial Blue Label Maman

Thursday, January 7th
Sour Symposium at Bridge 4-6pm & 7-9pm

Guests will go through the art of blending beer from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren and Ted use in New Belgium’s cellar. Attendees will also get to blend their own sour beers using different samples of unblended base beers kept in individual foeders of the brewery’s cellar and document their blend ratios to see who has what it takes to be the next Master Blender.

Full details and to purchase tickets please visit: http://stlsoursymposium.brownpapertickets.com

After Party to immediately follow the close of the 7-9pm session at Bridge

Friday, January 8th
Schnucks Des Peres 5-7pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson will be talking about New Belgium, brewing and upcoming beers!

Featuring samples of: Love Felix Peach, Le Terroir, La Folie and a sneak peak of new releases, Glutiny & Citradelic!

nbbBeer blending gets a bad rap. Many craft beer nerds often think of the bigger breweries when the word “blending” comes up.  But it’s impossible to create some of the barrel-aged beers we all love so much without blending.

There is a real art to combining certain attributes of one barrel to another barrel to achieve the taste profile that you’re looking for. Two people that know a little something about this are Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson, New Belgium Brewing‘s wood beer specialists.

To give you a little sample of what it’s like to do this blending process, New Belgium is working with Bridge Tap House to put on a very special event that they’re calling St. Louis Sour Symposium.

On Thursday, January 7th, Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in town and will be bringing in unblended beers from five different foeders and will give you the opportunity to blend each of these samples to create your own sour masterpiece. NBB is also working with Bridge’s Chefs Erik Peterson and Stephen Trouvere to create special pairings to go along with your new sour creation.

There will be only two sessions (4-6pm and 7-9pm) for this unique opportunity.  Tickets are $50 each and you can purchase them here.

St. Louis was chosen as one of only five cities for this amazing event. This is an awesome Christmas gift for that sour beer nerd in your lift.

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  specialty brand manager has her working on the really cool beers 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, the wood beer czar.  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.

To celebrate the release of New Belgium’s collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales, the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, 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:

Thursday, October 16th

Meet and Greet Sour Treat
4 – 6 p.m.
SoHa Bar & Grill – 2605 Hampton Ave., St. Louis
Mingle with New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar and Perennial’s Phil Wymore while sipping their crafted sours. Perennial will pour Stefon and Saison de Lis; New Belgium will pour Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Le Terroir and La Folie. Cans of Ranger IPA will also be available. Win a raffle ticket for each pour and two for each bomber purchased. At the end of the night, everyone with a raffle ticket has a shot at walking away with a bottle of vintage Perennial beer and New Belgium swag.

#CatchTheBike Giveaway
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar – 1004 Locust St., St. Louis
The conclusion of #CatchTheBike is finally here! Dave Bailey Restaurants in St. Louis have been offering specials since August and New Belgium is finally ready to give away a beloved cruiser to one lucky drawing winner. And what better way to celebrate #CatchTheBike than with a party? This celebration is complete with small pairing menus and beer from New Belgium and Perennial. The two breweries’ collaboration beer, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, will be served; New Belgium’s Snapshot Wheat, Gratzer Ale and La Folie will be on tap; and guests can sip on La Boheme, Aria and Stefon from Perennial. 

Friday, October 17th

Happy Hour
3 – 6 p.m.
International Tap House (Central West End) – 16 S. Euclid, St. Louis
During this happy hour, Perennial and New Belgium will feature four of their own beers, alongside the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout collaboration. New Belgium will pour Rampant Imperial IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Gratzer Ale, Le Terroir and Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout; Perennial will serve up 2013 Heart of Gold, Hopfentea, Hommel and Saison de Lis. For every beer purchased, a raffle ticket is given and the chance to win brewery swag.

Three Kings Hot Seat
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Three Kings Pub – 6307 Delmar Blvd., University City
Lauren Salazar of New Belgium and Phil Wymore of Perennial are in the hot seat. Submit questions via social media or ask the brewers directly while enjoying New Belgium’s Le Terroir, La Folie, NBB Loves Blackberry and Gratzer Ale; selections from Perennial include Anniversaria, Stefon and Homel; and, of course, the breweries’ collaboration, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. Catch it in person or on the web via live podcast. Mike Sweeney, co-founder of STLHops, will mediate. Stay tuned for more information on purchasing tickets for this event. 

Saturday, October 18th

Mingle with New Belgium’s Wood Czar, Lauren Salazar
2 – 4 p.m.
The Wine and Cheese Place – 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton
Interact with one of New Belgium’s key brewers in an intimate environment while sipping New Belgium beers. Choose from Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, New Belgium’s Le Terroir, Snapshot Wheat, Transatlantique Kriek and Gratzer Ale while chatting with Lauren Salazar.

Perennial Artisan Ales Anniversary Party
6 p.m.
Perennial Artisan Ales – 8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis
Help New Belgium throw Perennial Artisan Ales an epic third birthday at Perennial’s tasting room. The breweries are serving up their collaboration beer and there are plenty of good times to be had by all. (It’s worth noting that tickets to the Anniversary Party are sold out.)

 

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!

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:

Wednesday May 4th:
New Belgium Night at International Tap House Soulard at 8pm. The highlight of brewery nights is usually the beer and we’ll have a couple of great New Belgium Beers to choose from. However for this event it’s probably equally important to point out who will be in attendance. So who will be there? Non other than Lauren Salazar the sensory specialist and the person in charge of New Belgium’s sour and aging program. This is a great chance to “chat up” someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Oh, and all New Belgium beers will $1 off!

Thursday, May 5th:
Lips of Faith Beer Dinner at Dressel’s…starts at 7pm. All interested can call Dressel’s and make a reservation (314) 361-1060. The dinner will feature Vrienden, Le Terroir, Sahti and Transatlantique Kriek. Menu will be presented by Sous Chef Mike Miller. Dinner starts at 7pm in the Pub Above at Dressel’s. Cost is $50 per seat plus tax and gratuity.

Friday, May 6th:
New Belgium Love Beer Tasting at Bridge…starts at 9pm. We will be pouring three different New Belgium Love beers. 1) Felix (our lighter light-colored sour beer) aged in a peach whiskey barrel, 2) Oscar (our heavier dark-colored sour beer) aged in a blackberry whiskey barrel (this is supposed to be out of this world), and 3) an Oscar/Felix blend barrel aged in an apple whiskey barrel. All the whiskey barrels come from Leopold Brothers Distillery in Denver, CO (http://www.leopoldbros.com/Whiskies.html).

Saturday, May 7th:
Microfest…Lauren will be leading two separate seminars that day about Sour Beers (history of sour beer in Europe, US, and New Belgium’s Sour Beer program). FYI…we just purchased some new wood foeders from France which will increase our wood aged beer capacity by leaps and bounds. This purchase will make New Belgium’s Wood Beer cellar the largest in the United States. Pretty cool.

A bunch of great events next week for you to meet Lauren and tell her what you think of some of these great wood-aged beers that New Belgium’s been putting out.

If you made it out to the Duff’s Autumn Beer Dinner in November 2007 or a couple of events when she last visited in 2009, then you had a chance to meet New Belgium Brewer Lauren Salazar.

Well if you didn’t have a chance to meet her, she’s coming back into town this week to kick off the New Belgium’s newest year-round selection, the Ranger IPA.  Here’s a list of events she’ll be attending this week:

beer.jpgTuesday, Feb. 9th

Wednesday, Feb. 10th

Thursday, Feb. 11th

  • Ranger IPA/Lips of Faith Tasting at The Stable with Lauren Salazar 6-8 pm
  • Ranger IPA/Lips of Faith Tasting at The Bridge 9-11 pm

Lauren is a great brewer and provides plenty of information about New Belgium beers, so make the time to go out and visit one of these events. Here’s Lauren’s bio from NB:

Lauren Salazar, New Belgium Brewing Company

Lauren is the Sensory Specialist and a Quality team member at New Belgium Brewing Company, where she has been employed for over eleven years and sensory-focused for over ten. She developed the sensory program from a basic production check to its present program and is responsible for all facets from design to implementation to re-engineering. Other areas of interest and fun at the brewery include brewery-wide flavor training, new product development, small/esoteric beer production and wood barrel project blender. Lauren is a judge at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, has presented and taught short courses for the CBC, WBC, AHA, ASBC, MBAA and many others.

Salazar received her BSW from the University of Georgia a lifetime ago and holds a Certificate from UC Davis for Applied Sensory Science and Consumer Testing.


Lauren Salazar from the New Belgium Brewing Company is coming back into town and NB Beer Ranger Joel Winn has set up an exclusive meet and greet for STL Hops members!

This event is being held at Mattingly Brewing Company on Tuesday, February 9th from 6-8PM.  Joel and Lauren will be on hand to discuss New Belgium’s newest year-round beer Ranger IPA as well as giving out some swag.

If you have not had a chance to meet Lauren, this is the perfect opportunity to meet one of the nicest people I’ve met in the brewing industry.  As Lauren is responsible for the La Folie series, this is you chance to ask her all of the questions you’d ever want to about sour beers.

Joel is providing me with a whole list of events Lauren is particiapting in next week, so stay tuned for that.

Note: If you’re reading this post, then you’re a member of STL Hops. You don’t have to sign up or do anything special to attend this event. Just come on out.