As we written about earlier in the pages of Brewpublic, tonight is the night when beer sommelier and champion of all things related to craft beer, Preston Weesner uncorks and assortment of special Big Bottle beers. Thirty lucky citizens of Beervana will get a rare and limited opportunity to try a variety of big bottle vintage beers at 6:30 pm at Saraveza (1004 N. Killingsworth Street). This special affair will feature seven expensive and rare vintage large format bottles as the centerpiece of an evening of vintage beer tasting, beer and food pairing, and education about the beers and the changes they undergo in their mammoth bottles.
The all-star beer line-up of seven beers features 2006 Chimay Grand Reserve, 2007 Duvel Tripel, 2007 Samichalaus, 2008 St. Bernardus Abt 12, 2008 St. Feuillien Triple, 2007 Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and 2006 Val-Dieu Winter.
With names like Jeroboam, Methuselah and Salmanazar, these three, six and nine liter bottles hold precious cargo from Europe and Canada that has undergone careful cellaring for several years, allowing the beers to mellow and the flavors to blend to reveal subtle nuances that transform these beers into true works of art.
Last night at Saraveza, we saw some of these Big Bottles first hand, and they are ginormous! Any fan of rare one-of-a-kind beers needs to attend. No question. Just listening to Weesner talk about beer is worth the price of admission alone.