Saturday, September 19, 2015, marks the highly anticipated release of this year’s Cantillon Zwanze. Arguably the most anticipated release in the World of beer, Zwanze is ONLY available on tap at select locations worldwide. We at Armsby Abbey are elated to again be hand-picked by Cantillon’s Jean van Roy as one of only 26 locations in the USA (56 locations worldwide) to pour Zwanze 2015.
Zwanze 2015 will be simul-tapped WORLDWIDE at 3PM EST. We will be opening the doors of Armsby Abbey at 10AM per usual offering our full brunch menu until 3PM, but again, we would like to reiterate that Zwanze will NOT be tapped until 3PM EST. There are no tickets for this event; as always, this event is first come first served. Armsby is not a big room and there has always been enough Zwanze for everyone in attendance in the previous 3 years we have participated running the exact same event format.
As we must maintain seating for our regular brunch customers, seating for Zwanze will NOT be available before 1:30PM. If you arrive prior, you may grab a seat at the bar or on the patio and give your name for a Zwanze seat/table of which will be communal to maximize seating as the day progresses and taken on a first come first sat basis. If you are looking to take in brunch and hang out until 3PM for Zwanze you may do so beginning at noon; again to preserve seating for our regular clientele on this very busy weekend.
We will be tapping an assortment of Cantillons beginning at 12PM. Absolutly NO Cantillon will be poured before this time.
Our full draft list will be available in coming weeks; in the mean time, here is a letter from Jean Van Roy regarding this years Zwanze…
Belgium: the land of surrealism…
This artistic movement, which began at the end of the 19th century, continues to define in part the Belgian spirit and for quite a few people here has even become a sort of life philosophy. Bury, Ensor and, of course, Magritte were key figures of the movement in Belgium. ReneÌ Magritte, who became well-known for the contrast of light and dark in his works, is the author of the famous painting This is not a pipe.
With its Zwanze 2015, in its own way Cantillon wanted to perpetuate this typically Belgian surrealist mindset. In doing so, a few changes were made to the recipe for a traditional stout. Specifically, I fermented some raw wheat to improve mellowness and enhance storage characteristics and did not use roasted barley to avoid further accentuating the dry aspect, which was already present as a result of spontaneous fermentation.
The recipe is that of a stout, the colour is that of a stout, and spontaneous fermentation followed by 28 months of maturing in a cask has given birth to a “surreal” stout.
The dry and tart notes of a spontaneous fermentation beer combine with the roasted, slightly burnt and delicate chocolate flavours sometimes found in certain stouts.
For the 28 months of maturing we used three types of casks: 50% of the casks had already contained lambic, 25% had already been used for CoÌ‚tes du RhoÌ‚ne wine and 25% had already been used for Cognac. Beers that have matured in old Cognac casks take up the warmth of the alcohol while those from casks having contained red wine adopt winey and fruity characteristics.
This “wild” stout’s fruitiness and “cooked” side reveal rancio flavours that are characteristic of Madeira or Banyuls wines. The ideal tasting temperature to fully enjoy these fragrances and flavours is 15 °C – 18 °C (59 °F – 64 °F).
Jean Van Roy
ZWANZE DAY LINE-UP September 19, 2015
Allagash Farm to Face
*Cantillon Fou’ Foune
*Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
*Cantillon St. Gilloise
**Cantillon Zwanze 2015
Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
Firestone Walker Helldorado
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Hill Farmstead Everett
Hill Farmstead / Grassroots Legitimacy
Hill Farmstead What is Enlightenment?
Kent Falls Farmer’s Table
Lost Abbey Red Poppy
Oxbow Farmhouse Pale
Proclamation Harper 2
Tree House Eureka (Mosaic)
Lost Abbey Track #8
Allagash Cuvee d’Industrial
Firestone Walker Sucaba
Tree House Haze, In Perpetuity & Double Shot!
*Available at 12PM until the barrel is depleted
**Available at 3PM for worldwide simultap only