Brasserie Cantillon, the Belgian brewery that stole the hearts of many beer lovers, is one of my favorite breweries in existence. Unfortunately, procuring bottles “off the shelf” from them has become incredibly difficult in the past five years, at least in the US. They’re readily available for on-site consumption at multiple Philadelphia area bars, but enjoying a bottle in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want, is a real treat.
Cantillon. I can’t think of another word that makes “sour” beer lovers as excited as that one. Brasserie Cantillon, the famous Lambic/Gueuze producing brewery from Belgium makes some of the most sought after beers in the world. Recently, I opened a bottle of their Rosé De Gambrinus, a raspberry Lambic, to share with Nick on his birthday.
Upland Brewing Co. out of Indiana is notorious for releasing a wide variety of fruited Lambics. One I recently had the chance to try was a 2011 bottle of their Persimmon Lambic. The fruit itself is new to me, so I wasn’t really sure exactly what flavors to be expecting out of this one. A big thanks goes out to Jason for the chance to try this one.
As part of Philly Beer week, The Farmers’ Cabinet located in Center City featured an event called Belgian Beer Geek Brunch this past Sunday. With an intriguing draft list and for only being open a few months, I had to check it out. One of the more limited beers on tap was Fou’ Foune from Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium. This Fruit Lambic was served in a 7 oz miniature stemmed glass.
I was fortunate enough to receive Friek, a limited one-time release Kriek Lambic, from Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. Traditionally, Kriek is a Belgian-style beer that is brewed by fermenting a Lambic with sour cherries. Some may be more familiar with Framboise, another Belgian-style “sour” but instead of sour cherries, it’s fermented with raspberries. The Friek, however, is both!