Cantillon Zwanze Day @ Monk's Cafe   Saturday, September 20, 2014     Noon     CASH BAR

Here we go's time for our Annual Cantillon Zwanze Day. Every vintage of Zwanze has been an experiment for Jean-Pierre and now Jan Van Roy to be creative. One year it was a lambic made with rhubarb, another with elder flowers (which became the annually produced Mamouche) and now this year's version... OK, you'll have to wait a second before I provide Jean's description. We'll also have three more Cantillons on draft and a few bottles, too.  We will focus on only Cantillon lambics until we run out.  I'll let you know our draft lineup once the kegs arrive in my cellar.  Due to the clamor for this über rare beer, we will serve smaller portions so more of our guests have the opportunity to taste. We expect to be crowded because we don't often have 4 kegs of Cantillon pouring. So this will be a CASH ONLY event. No credit cards, no debit cards, no tabs...just cash as you order your beers please.


Cantillon Zwanze 2014

Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise

Cantillon Gueuze

Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus

PLUS...we will have a few Cantillon bottles available for take-away. I want to emphasize the words "a few". Only one per guest and remember, the number of bottles available for take-away are extremely limited. Get here early if you want a bottle.

We also have a very limited number of Cantillon Zwanze Day tShirts. They are unisex American Apparel this year. 

Sorry...they did not offer Cantillon glassware this year. 

Remember, this is a CASH ONLY event.



Thanks for your patience. Here is Jean's description of Cantillon Zwanze 2014...

Dear Zwanze enthusiasts,

Some of you have already had the opportunity to taste Iris Grand Cru aged 3 years in a 400-litre cask. This product was sold without having been blended with a younger beer and so there was no possibility of secondary fermentation. As a result, Iris Grand Cru is a non-sparkling beer and it is meant to be drunk like cereal wine. Without cold hopping, its fragrances tend more towards the characteristic acidity of a spontaneous fermentation product associated with a slight caramel taste.

In other news, my eldest son, Florian, turned 18 on 3 May. To duly celebrate his transition to adulthood, and as the worthy son of a lambic brewer, Flo received a rather original birthday gift: an entire cask filled with “Cuvée Florian”.

Admittedly, finding the name was easy, but it was another matter to come up with the actual beer we were going to produce on this occasion. When I first tasted the Iris Grand Cru, I immediately thought that adding a touch of fruitiness to the caramel accent could be very complementary. And since my son’s favourite beer is kriek, I based myself on a mix of these two products to create his birthday present.

As my goal was not to create some kind of kriek clone, I reduced the amount of fruit by 40% in this blend with the Iris Grand Cru. After all, the core idea was to contribute fruitiness and mellowness to the base beer, not recreate a beer that tasted like sour cherries. Although cold-hopping with the same quantities used for “traditional” Iris would probably have masked the blend’s very subtle fragrances, I still wanted to add a touch of bitterness to this birthday present and decided to opt for a small dose of superb and very delicate Bramling Cross hops. The linger on the palate is very complex while the fruity fragrances of the hops play a subtle role without throwing off balance the beer's range of flavours and bouquet.

For this Zwanze 2014 I had originally planned on using the spontaneous fermentation stout brewed at the beginning of 2013, but despite the fact that this beer is already very good I have the feeling that another year of maturing in a cask will give it more delicateness and character. In light of this we needed another beer to replace our “wild” stout so as to be able to organise our Zwanze Day, and as you will undoubtedly have understood by now, the success of “Cuvée Florian” meant that it did not take very long for us to make a decision.

I did ask the kid if he was OK with me making a new version of his birthday present, and since this was not a problem for him, it was only logical to call this Zwanze 2014 “Cuvée Florian”!

Happy birthday, son!

Jean Van Roy

Ancient Ales Dinner with Dr. Patrick McGovern   Tuesday, September 23, 2014     7PM     $70

We scored a coup...Dr. Patrick McGovern, University of Pennsylvania, is Sam's partner in crime with the Ancient Ales lineup of beers and that aspect of beer history. Dr. Pat, as we refer to him, enlisted Sam to produce Midas Touch many years ago. Dr. Pat will delve into the how he uses his spectrometer to assay the properties of a pottery shard or other used-for-liquid vessels. 

It looks like we will have the entire lineup of Dogfish Head Ancient Ales for this event:


Midas Touch

Birra Erusca


Ta Henket




Chateau Jiahu

This will be a great 5 course beer dinner, so call today for tickets. They will sell out quickly.

Ancient Brewer Dinner - Hummel turned 60!   Tuesday, October 14, 2014     7PM     TBD

George Hummel of Home Sweet Homebrew is considered by most, to be the man who started the craft beer movement in Philadelphia. George sold homebrew kits to dozens of our area's top brewers and helped them through the first few attempts and still advised when they began brewing on a commercial level. 
Now he's an old fart...he just turned 60 years old!! That's older than the dirt in my back yard.
To celebrate this milestone, George went on a brewing binge and we will have six of those beers for a very special dinner, for our very special friend.

You'll be paying Monk's for the food. George is bringing the beer as a BYOB thing:
1. Dock Street Trappiste Blonde (I helped with this one)
2. Dogfish Head Giotto's Blues
3. Iron Hill Tripel w/toasted coconut
4. Nodding Head George's Fault - GABF Gold Medal Winner
5. Stewart's White IPA - Rick just loves listening to Billy Idol
6. Yards' Brown Ale

George brews some amazing ales and we just can't wait to create a specail dinner around George's creations.



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