Craft Brewers Conference: New Belgium Brewery ‘LOVE’

April 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm (Beer, Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, one day, Lauren Salazar from New Belgium Brewery gave LUSH a ring.  She had grand plans to invite brewers, brew folk, and friends to a private ‘brewery only’ event right smack in the middle of the Craft Brewers Conference, the World Beer Cup, and copious amounts of public beer events.  She wanted pig.  And beer.  And good people.

Ms. Rachel Driver thought this was just the right kind of crazy idea that could be brilliant and amazing.

Thus, we schemed and scheduled, flew beer in from around the country and Canada, and threw on hella big shindig.  Drowning in beer required.  Special brews, delicious pigs and all sorts of super serious fun were to be had by all.  See the rundown below for a glimpse of the par-tay that New Belgium hosted with LUSH.



‘Brews and Pig’

Hosted by New Belgium Brewery

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


Front Side –

Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine

‘Avancé’ – Dark strong ale brewed with strawberries, aged in Bourbon barrel casks. 10.2%. Draft.

Bell’s Brewing Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan

‘Quinannan Falls’ – Premium Lager. 6.4% abv. Draft.

‘Wild One’ – Sour Ale.  6% abv. Bottles.

Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York

‘Dark Matter’ – American Brown Ale aged in Bourbon and Rye whiskey barrels. 8.5%. Draft.

Black Ops’ – Russian Imperial Stout, Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.  Doesn’t exist. 10.7%. Bottles.

Dieu du Ciel!, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

‘Isseki Nicho’ – Imperial Dark Saison.  9.5% abv. Draft.

Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, Washington

‘Perfesser’ –Lambic with plums and brettanomyces, maris otter, munich, wheat, and goldings. 4.65% abv. Draft.

Firestone Walker Brewery, Paso Robles, California

‘Union Jack’ – American India Pale Ale.  7.5% abv. Draft.

Half Acre Brewing Company, Chicago, Illinois

‘Daisy Cutter’ – American Pale Ale. 5.2%. Draft.

‘Ginger Twin’ – India Red Ale. 6.25% abv. Bottles.

‘Gossamer’ – Golden Ale. 4% abv.  Cans.

New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado

‘LOVE’ –   Sour Ale, aged in oak. Base for Sour Series.  6% abv. Draft.

‘Eric’s Ale’ – Sour Peach Ale.  7% abv. Bottles.

‘Lips of Faith La Folie’ – Brown Sour Ale. 6% abv. Bottles.

‘Transatlantic Kriek’ –  Lambic Kriek ale collaboration with Brouwerji Boon. 8%. Bottles.

Norrebro Bryghus, Copenhagen, Denemark

Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado

‘India Pale Ale’ – IPA. 7% abv. Bottles.

‘Woodcut’ – Oak Aged Crimson Ale No. 3.  11% abv. Bottles.

‘Mountain Standard Reserve 2009’ – American Strong Ale.  8.5% abv. Bottles.

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois

‘Swinging Single’ – Belgian Style Single. Draft.

Real Ale, Blanco, Texas

‘Devil’s Backbone’ – Belgian Abbey Trippel. 8.1% abv. Bottles.

Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, California

‘Pliny the Elder’ –  Imperial IPA.  8% abv. Bottles.

‘Consecration’ –  Sour Ale, aged in oak barrels with currants.  10% abv. Bottles.

‘Supplication’ –   Sour Brown Ale, aged in Pinot Noir barrels, with brettanomyces, lacto, and pedi. 7% abv. Bottles.

The Bruery, Orange County, California

‘Oude Tart’ – Flemish-Style Red Ale, aged in oak barrels. 7.5% abv. Draft.

Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Illinois

Admiral Lord Nelson, bottles

Gumball Head Wheat, bottles

Alpha King IPA, bottles



Serrano Ham and mixed charcuterie

Aged and fresh cheeses

Crusty bread



Handcrafted jams


Hummus and Pita

Carrots, celery, jicama

Chips and Guacamole


Mitch’s salad – Greens, feta, kalamata olives and love.

Pig #1 – Hoison Sauce from scratch.  Served with scallions and Chinese white buns.

Pig #2 – Vinegar based BBQ sauce from scratch. Served with scallions and Chinese Flat Bread.

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