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.
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
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
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.)