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Bottleshare: American Wild Ale

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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What to Bring:

Beer: Most of you know the bottleshare drill: bring a 750ml bottle or equivalent, (or as much as you expect to drink, if that's more!). 

After examining traditional Belgian lambics in our first bottle shares we now cross the Ocean and will focus on wild brews made in the United States.

A fair definition of American Wild Ale from the consumer viewpoint is at Sometimes Belgian [Lambic, Flanders Red or Oud Bruin] influenced, American Wild Ales are beers that are introduced to "wild" yeast or bacteria, such as: Brettanomyces (Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, Brettanomyces Lambicus or Brettanomyces Anomolus), Pediococcus or Lactobacillus. This introduction may occur from oak barrels that have been previously inoculated, pitched into the beer, or gained from various "sour mash" techniques. Regardless of which and how, these little creatures often leave a funky calling card that can be quite strange, interesting, pleasing to many, but also often deemed as undesirable by many.

As wild ales have become more popular, and  more easily available in the United States, there is no shortage of options to bring. If you are an avid beer collector we hope you bring a rare wild brew from your beer collection / cellar. Attending professional and homebrewers are strongly encouraged to bring one of their own brews (in progress), too.

Let's keep it dirty, people.

Please post the bottle(s) that you intend to bring in the comments section so we can aim for as much diversity as possible.

Food: There will be basic food for palate cleansing and to allow for tasting the beer with food, as it is meant to be. Any food you bring to share is sure to be appreciated by fellow members. There is a big oven, stove top, microwave, gas grill... feel free to thrill us.

Getting There:

Closest streetcar is NS line stop at NW Northrup & 12th. 

Closest MAX is Union Station on Green and Yellow lines.

Consider the "Taxi Magic" app -- who doesn't love being able to specify a pick up time and to watch their taxi approach on a live map? 

Getting In:

Some clever trustifarian-types were stealing objects from my building and using it as a clubhouse, so we are now secured 24-7. However, if you don't have the certain je ne sais quoi of the culprits, someone will let you in the front door of 1200 NW Marshall, aka Asa Flats + Lofts (neon "Asa" in the window) -- at 6ish, there is lots of traffic at the door. Take the elevator to "PH" floor and follow signs to Sky Lounge. If you get stuck, call me at[masked]-6865. If you are coming early or late, please let me know in advance, or at least know that you might have to wait -- If I'm setting up or tasting beer, I don't always hear my phone.


For those of you with demonstrated genetic fitness: children are welcome in the space. Let me know if you're bringing them and I'll make sure the space is safe and breakables are above kid reach. It's never too early to teach kids responsible drinking. No one gets inappropriate at our bottleshares. Human kids only, though; dogs etc. are not permitted in the lounge or on the adjoining roofdeck.

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  • Josh H.

    Great tasting with good beer and people. Looking forward to the next.

    June 23, 2014

  • Sol A.

    Sweet share! Can't wait for the next!

    June 22, 2014

  • Tracy C.

    Too much good beer. Oy! Thanks for the homebrew Josh and Brandon. As always, the most interesting beer on the table!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Niki G.

    Sorry, we are not there! We can't make it in after all -- we're in the middle of a bit of a household disaster.

    June 22, 2014

  • Jesse S.

    Nevermind. I thought I'd be able to get out of work in time. Foolish me.

    June 22, 2014

  • Sol A.

    Bringing La Boheme from Perennial and my +1 is bringing Raspberry Provincial

    June 22, 2014

  • Usman A.

    Got called in for work so unfortunately can't make this one..

    June 22, 2014

  • lisa

    I have a conflict and can't make it. Really Looking forward to the next one . ..

    June 22, 2014

  • Niki G.

    We're bringing Ale Apothecary's La Tache and Brux domestic wild (a collab between Russian River and Sierra Nevada)

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Josh H.

    I've got a home-brewed Saison brewed with White Labs American Farmhouse put on apricots with a Jolly Pumpkin culture in secondary, and a Belgian Dark Strong/Quad which was my third beer in a 2nd use whiskey barrel with some port infused cubes that picked up some tartness in the barrel. Might have a commercial example as well.
    This would be in the midst of the US-Portugal match, any thought of adjusting the timing with this match, or having it coincide with match if it's possible to view it during the bottle share?

    June 18, 2014

    • Aschwin

      I'll bring the Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage collaboration Calabaza Boreal.

      June 19, 2014

    • Niki G.

      There's a tv in the loft space if you want to watch the game.

      June 21, 2014

  • Brandon

    I can't make it but left two homebrew "experiments" w Tracy to share. I hope you'll try them & send comments to me: [masked]. If I hear from you, I'll provide details of brews

    June 19, 2014

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