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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!

itap.jpgNow this is what I’m talking about.  Never one to rest on their laurels, the International Tap House does it again. And by “it” I mean putting on some awesome events.  Here’s what’s coming up in the next couple of days:

Boulevard: Meet the Brewer (Soulard and Chesterfiel): Wednesday June 8th
If you haven’t been paying attention, the little brewery that could in Kansas City…is doing it and bigtime. One of the head brewers Jeremy Danner will be on hand at both iTAP’s for a Boulevard Pilsner and Two Jokers tasting. Stop on in and try either of these highly rated beers and bend Jeremy’s ear. Specials on Boulevard Beer and I’m sure some schwag will be in tow.

Chesterfield location 5-7pm
Soulard Location 7-9pm

New Belgium Lips of Faith Night (Soulard and Chesterfield): Thursday June 9th

New Belgium Lips of Faith Night (8pm, Soulard).  Still finalizing the complete list of LOF beers that will be on tap.  But we do have a partial list…here is what you can expect to see.
All kegs will be on tap when we open at 3pm.

  • Le Terrior
  • OOOH LA LA
  • Super Cru
  • Abbey Grand Cru
  • Belgian Style Blonde Ale

Jeremy is a super nice guy, so make sure to head out to visit him.  This is also the first time that we’ve had Ooh La La (an ale brewed with raspberry juice) available in St. Louis.  So, you definitely have a few things you need to add to your schedule this week.

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.


fwaMmmmm Brettanomyces. It’s the little yeasty beasty that scares vinters and brewers alike.  But some brewers embrace the Brett.  In fact, the not only embrace it, the love it.  One of those brewers is New Belgium Brewery and their newest beer in the Lips of Faith series is the Fall Wild Ale.  I’ll let them describe it for you:

This chestnut hued ale has a deep tawny haze that mimics the colors of fall itself. The brew unfolds with notes of banana, clove and pink bubblegum- quintessential aroma qualities of the Trappist yeast strain used. The rich malt bill brings to mind toffee, caramel, brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate. The twist- what makes this Belgian so special? We spice our Dubbel with Schisandra berries, known as “five flavor fruit, ” because it tantalizes the taste buds with four tastes – sweet, sour, salty and bitter – plus pungency.

Then we finish the brew with our house wild yeast strain of Brettanomyces with yields farmhouse flavors and tropical fruit notes- developing further as this beer ages. Fall Wild Ale is a full-bodied brew that opens sweet & creamy but finishes warm and peppery- asking for another sip. This deceivingly refreshing ale is 8%ABV so imbibe but beware.

If you’re read to get a little Wild, I’m told it’s currently available at these locations:

  • Cicero’s
  • Dressel’s
  • Hair Of The Dog
  • Pi
  • The Red Lion

Newstead Tower Public House is hosting another in their line of monthly beer dinners with this dinner featuring New Belgium Brewery’s Lips of Faith series. The date of the dinner is September 16th at 7PM. The cost of this event is $40 and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.
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