Orval Day 2016 – March 26

Orval Day 2016

The Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery dates back to the year 1070 AD is one of only eleven Trappist monasteries in the world that brew beer. Through the years the monastery is said to have brewed beers in some capacity within its walls.

But it wasn’t until 1931 that the monastery finally had an actual brewery. This was the year when Orval Trappist Ale was born. This popular Belgian beer is only available in distinctive skittle-shaped 11.2 oz bottles. At 6.9% ABV, Orval is known for its use of Brettanomyces that gives this amber-orange hued beer its distinctive flavor. Orval is delicious when it leaves the brewery, but also evolves in the bottle for five years or more.

On Saturday, March 26th, Merchant du Vin, importers of Orval Trappist Ale will be celebrating this much beloved Belgian beer. At many of the top beer bars across the country Orval Day will be a celebration devoted to the first beer using Brettanomyces to be sold within the United States. A portion of the proceeds from Orval Day will be donated to MAP International. Use the hashtag #OrvalDay2016 when celebrating on Saturday.

Orval is one of head BeerMonger Sean Campbell's favorite breweries and the annual Orval Day is one of the best loved events at the BeerMongers (1125 S.E. Division St. This year's edition starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. FoystonFoto
Orval is one of head BeerMonger Sean Campbell’s favorite breweries and his Southeast Portland beer bar has been hosting its own Orval Day for the past 6 years. The BeerMongers will also be one of the eight Portland area bars participating in the inaugural Orval Day hosted by Merchant du Vin on Saturday, March 26, 2016. (FoystonFoto)

Here’s a list of participating beer bars throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Portland, Oregon
Abbey Bar
Bazi Bierbrasserie
Belmont Station
The BeerMongers
IBU Public House
McNally’s Taproom
The Upper Lip

Eugene, Oregon
The Bier Stein
16 Tons

Vancouver, Washington
Ben’s Bottle Shop

Seattle, Washington
Brouwer’s Cafe
The Beer Junction
Slow Boat Tavern
Toronado Seattle

Tacoma, WA
Pint Defiance

Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage Brewing Company

Nampa, Idaho
PreFunk Beer Bar

In other Merchant du Vin news, tonight, March 21, Gustav’s in Vancouver, Washington will host an Ayinger Bier Dinner. The dinner begins at 6:00pm. Gustav’s is located at 1705 SE 164th Ave. and their number is (360) 883-0222.