Annually – end of Sept.
Zwanze at the Pub is more than just the one beer!
We celebrate the style of spontaneous brewing as well as exquisite Belgian beers all weekend. Because there is always only ONE keg of Zwanze, we cellar beers all year long for tapping on this day, and we encourage our guests to think past (just) the Zwanze and come and make a weekend of it.
How It Works & What To Expect!
We love Zwanze Day! Because there is always only one keg of Zwanze, we tap lots of other fabulous sours throughout the weekend, starting with some rare and special beers on Friday night! It’s our favorite tap list of the year! Please read about the tapping time & beer lists below. Many of these beers haven’t arrived yet, so we cannot price any of the tickets until we have the beers in house. We will updated the list with the prices as soon as they arrive!
How To Get A Pour/Ticket For Zwanze On September 29th
We do not sell tickets in advance.
To us, Zwanze is about our extraordinary beer list designed for lovers of spontaneously fermented sour beers and the community we’ve built through the event over the years. Our system is designed for folks to come, relax and drink many wonderful beers while they wait for Zwanze to be tapped.
Polly will begin taking names at about 9AM Saturday morning on the front sidewalk just by the front doors. Names will be taken in roughly the order in which you arrive. Once we fill our list for all the Zwanze pours, we will stop taking names. That means if your name is on the list, you will get a pour. We do this so that you can relax and enjoy all the other beers we have in house while you wait for the 2pm Zwanze tapping!
If there is still capacity inside the Pub, those folks not on the Zwanze list will be able to come in and drink all the other incredible beers we are serving that day.
We do not allow folks to leave and return while keeping their place “in line” for a Zwanze pour. If you leave the Pub prior to the Zwanze pouring, you will lose your place on the Zwanze list.
Please arrive with the intention of settling down and enjoying the day with us.
Our kitchen will have a couple of simple breakfast items starting at 8AM and Nathaniel Zimet will be serving brunch from his truck starting about 9:30 that morning. He will be staying at least until the mid afternoon with fun dishes he has created to augment our regular kitchen menu.
How crazy & crowded does it get?
Zwanze Day is the one day of the year that we tightly regulate how many people can enter the Pub. When the Pub becomes crowded and seating has all been occupied, we stop letting folks in. We know it’s an expensive day for beer lovers and we want everyone to have a relaxed and fun experience without fighting hordes of other customers at the bar. Most people who come for Zwanze never notice this, but occasionally they will ask someone to meet them later in the day. It’s best to warn those late coming friends that they may not be able to get into the Pub if they arrive bewteen the hours of 10AM and 2pm
Will I have to stand in line?
In the past a line has formed outside the pub shortly before 9AM. Folks who arrive before 9AM are welcome to relax in the Pub but names for Zwanze will be taken outside the front door starting at 9AM.
Can I bring my own beer to drink while I wait in the 9am Zwanze line?
NO. Please do NOT bring beer to consume or share to the Pub that day.
Guests who bring their own and consume what they’ve brought on the sidewalk or inside the bar may be removed from the Zwanze list. Please do not attempt a bottle share in our parking lot. Guests are welcome to grab a beer from us to drink while they are in line.
T-shirts & Swag
Shirts and other merchandise will be available for sale in front of the bar. This year we will let you make your purchase and hold your purchase in the “cellar” until you are ready to leave.
Here’s what you missed in 2018…
Friday, Sept 28th
- Cantillon Fou’ Foune (ticket only from 3pm, a la carte after 9pm) – Apricot Lambic
- Drie Fonteinen Armand & Gaston – Oude Gueuze Blend brewed in honor of the late Gaston Debelder
- Cantillon Gueuze Vertical 2013, 2014, 2015 – vertical pours of the world’s rarest Gueuze
- La Sirene Paradoxe – Spontaneously fermented Australian Saison
- De La Senne BA Bruxellensis – Wild Saison aged in Oak from the inimitable De La Senne Brewery
- Oxbow Momoko – Blended Barrel-Aged Peach Farmhouse Ale
- De Struise Dark Horse – Dark Sour Ale, spontaneously fermented, aged 4 years in Bordeaux Barriques
- Tilquin Gueuze-Draft Version
- Tilquin Rullquin-Blend of Tilquin Lambic with La Rulles Stout de Gaume
- Tilquin Mure – Blackberry Lambic
- Tilquin Quetsche – Plum Lambic
- Jolly Pumpkin Bath-O-Mat Washateria – Collaboration with Tired Hands – Oak Aged Saison inspired by New Orleans, namely Polly’s Prytania Washateria
- Brekeriet Wrapped in Red – Berliner Weisse with Raspberries, Strawberries, and Cherries
- Libertine Summer Breeze – Wild Ale with Raspberries and Pluots
- NOLA Ya Marm an’ Dem – Sour Ale with Satsuma and Orange Peel
- NOLA Twins Basil, Twins!
- NOLA Curved Space Thyme (Blended sour & Saison aged in barrels with fresh thyme, then dry-hopped with Galaxy)
- NOLA Desire (raspberry sour aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels)
- NOLA Runaway Gem (all Idaho Gem Hops) *** Louisiana Distro Only!***
- Buxton Very Far Skyline – BA Berliner Weisse
- Trois Dames Grande Dame – Oude Bruin with partially fermented apricots
- Nogne O Frisk – Traditional Norwegian Ale with Rhubarb
- 8 Wired iStout Unchained – Imperial Stout aged in Pinot Noir barrels
Saturday, Sept. 29th – Zwanze Day
- Cantillon Vignerrone – Lambic with Muscat grapes
- Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree – Saison with Hallertau Blanc and Citra
- BFM Abbaye De St. Bon Chien 2013 – Oak Aged Sour Ale
- De Ranke Kriek – Blend of unhopped De Ranke ale and Girardin Lambic aged on Polish cherries
- 8 Wired Wild Feijoa – Wild Ale with Feijoa
- Brekeriet Sour White – Sour Wheat Beer
- Tilquin Pinot Noir – Lambic with Pinot Noir grapes
- De La Senne/Jester King Jester Zinne – Wild Ale
- Two Meter Tall Sour Cherry Ale – Wild BA Cherry Ale from Australia
- 10 am – Cantillon Gueuze
- 11am – Cantillon La Bruocsella
- Noon – Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
- 1pm – Cantillon Kriek
- 2pm – Cantillon Zwanze 2018
- After Zwanze Kicks but not before 5pm – Cantillon Nath
- Brekeriet Rips-Currant Sour Ale
- Brewski/Cycle 50 States of Freedom-Lime Berliner
- Guineu Breaker’s Delight (Spanish “Lambic”)
- Libertine SLO Wild Ale (spontaneously fermented)
- Trois Dames Sante Ni Touche-Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels.
- 8 Wired Once Upon a Time in Blenheim (New Zealand style “lambic”)
- Oxbow Italo Disco – Wild Foudre Saison
- Brewski Halo Milkshake – Berliner with Raspberries and Passionfruit
- Burial TBA
- Crooked Stave Mama Bear’s Sour Cherry Pie – Cherry Pie Sour Ale
- Crooked Stave Surette Palisade Peach – Sour Ale aged in Oak with Colorado Peaches and Cherry skins
- Crooked Stave Sour Rose – Wild Ale fermented in Oak on second use Raspberries and Blueberries.
- Oxbow Infinite Darkness BA Imperial Stout
New for Sunday Sept 30th
- Hill Farmstead Anna – Farmstead Ale
- Hill Farmstead Arthur – Farmstead Ale
- E9 Amour Aux Myrtilles – BA Farmhouse Ale with Blueberries.
- E9 Le Visiteur – Collaboration with Trois Dames brewed with nectarberries and blackberries.
- Holy Mountian Demonteller – Saison with Galaxy and Mosaic.
- E9 Petite Belle – Grisette
- E9 Last Truck to Clarksville – Wild Ale with Montmorency and Bing Cherries.
- Oxbow Moonrocks – BA Grisette