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Boulevard Collaboration #2 & Deschutes Conflux

We have received our shipment of Boulevard Collaboration #2 and can finally announce that we have both Deschutes' and Boulevard's versions of this excellent collaboration beer.

Combining Boulevard’s expertise at making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ skill at brewing hop-forward ales, this beer puts a new spin on the idea of collaborative brewing. Working from a single recipe, brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes have produced two separate beers, more than 1,600 miles apart.

Despite the beer’s shared recipe, each of the two versions possess a unique identity, reflected in their naming and packaging. Boulevard’s half of the equation is christened Collaboration #2, Deschutes’ effort is the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series.

One of the most unique characteristics of Collaboration #2 is its aroma. Sage and lemongrass were added to the vessels post-fermentation, as well as three varieties of hops, all of which contribute solely to aromatics. The Belgian-style yeast strain adds hints of bubblegum and clove. The other main feature that should be specifically pointed out to consumers is the beer’s lingering hang. It is no more bitter than a regular I.P.A., but something about the combination of herbs and hops creates an almost spicy, peppery quality in the finish.

Draft Magazine just listed Boulevard's version of this collaboration as one of their top 25 beers. Both these beers are in very limited supply.

Deschutes' The Stoic

Deschutes Brewery’s newest enterprise, The Stoic, a Belgian-style Quadruple, has finally arrived! Its five year odyssey from experimental beer to coveted Reserve Series eminence is complete.

"The finest Belgian brewing philosophies have inspired this contribution to the American Quadruple scene, mingling the four virtues of compelling ingredients, nuanced flavor, sound body, and a composed harmony. The Stoic requires discovery of the truth of the matter."

Deschutes brewers describe a simple recipe ironically hard to brew. The classic malt bill is all Pilsner malt. Hallartau, Czech Saaz, and Northern Brewer hops sustain a deftly understated flavor. Belgian candy sugars add impact and the smooth body required of any Belgian-style brew worth quaffing. A healthy portion of pomegranate molasses casts an opulent, tangy twist, while a vintage Belgian yeast strain provides a solid reference point. Pinot Noir and Rye Whiskey barrel-aging suggest notes of spice, citrus, pepper, vanilla, and toasted caramel like offerings to the ancients.

"Like the ancients, we employ reason to live well. Reason demands truth. Truth invites experience. Unraveling the intricacies of The Stoic reveals a determined pursuit of that spirited endeavor. Ergo…it is very reasonable to live well when experiencing The Stoic."

Sour and Wild Ales Fest Sunday Nov 6th


The Bayou will be hosting our first ever mini-beer festival this Sunday November 6th at 5:00 pm. The theme of the first festival is Sour and Wild Ales. Many very knowledgeable beer folks (including our own Mark Alston) will be here to help guide you through these interesting and complex beers.
 
Here is how the festival will work. For $25 you will get a wrist band and a 20 beer punch card that will enable you to sample all the festival beers. As this event is all about sampling high quality beers in a responsible manner, all samples will be served in 2 ounce pours. You must have both the wrist band and the punch card to be served. No sharing with non-participants!!! Anyone found sharing beer with people without a wrist band will  have their wrist band removed and they will be barred from continued participation. You may however, share freely with other participants. We will cease opening new bottles around 9:30 pm so don't show up too late. 
 
Be advised that, due to Utah liquor laws and common sense safety, we will not be able to continue serving "intoxicated" people so please take it easy.
 
You are welcome to eat dinner or appetizers at a table or the bar but food is not included in the festival fee. Due to the fact that this is our first mini-fest and we have no idea how busy we will be, we will not be able to guarantee seating and tables will be available only for those planning on eating.
 
Here are the beers we will be pouring at the fest:
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir
Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam
Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga "The Firefly"
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Deschutes Dissident
Mikkeller USAlive
Mikkeller Funky (e)* (funky e-star)
Red Rock Reve
Squatters 529
Squatters Fifth Element
Bacchus
Orval
Boulevard Saison-Brett
Boulevard Tank 7
De Ranke XX Bitter
Lindemans Faro
Lindemans Cuvee Rene
 
Quantities of some of these beers are quite limited so we cannot guarantee their lasting throughout the entire fest. 
 
If sour and wild ales are not your bag baby don't worry. We plan on continuing our beer fests on a semi-regular basis with varying themes each time.

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