Monday, February 22, 2010

Belgian Beer Fest @ Coasters of Melbourne, FL

Belgian Beer Fest 2010

Friday, Feb 26 - 11am - Midnight
Saturday, Feb 27 - 11am - Midnight
Sunday, Feb 28 - Noon - 9pm

Coasters Pub
971A East Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32937
(Corner of A1A and Eau Gallie in Beachside Melbourne, in the Wal Mart/Winn Dixie plaza)

Clear your calendar, book a hotel room, find a pet-sitter, and arrange for a liver transplant, because Coasters Pub will be the Belgian Beer Headquarters of Florida from Friday February 26 - Sunday February 28, 2010. This three-day beer event will feature 35 taps of Belgian Beer and lots of Belgian brews in bottles. We're patting down the distributors and importers and putting them through full body scanners, searching for rare and eccentric kegs of Belgian Beer. Don't worry; their faces and privates are pixilated. Even still, the list is growing every day and looking fantastic! Since most of the beers are rare and high octane, the plan right now is to serve the most of the draught beer in 8oz wine glasses rather than full servings to allow you to try more different beers and styles. The more sessionable and lower alcohol brews will be served in pints. We were originally planning on selling all the beers for one flat price to make things easy, but as kegs arrived, we were flabbergasted as to the huge cost variant from one beer to another. As a result, all beers will be prices individually, and the price range will be anywhere from $4.5 for an Affligem Abbey Ale or Ommegang Hennepin to $9 per wine glass for a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. For Belgian-inspired food specials, we've arranged to procure fresh mussels, the national food of Belgium, as well as worked with a Belgian chocolatier to make Belgian Chocolate goodies just for the event. Trappist-made Chimay cheeses are also in house. Of course, our entire regular food menu will be offered as well, so there will be plenty of grub available.

Now, some clarification; especially to those of you who have never been to Coasters. When the words 'Beer Fest' are uttered, it seems that some folks imagine parking lots full of beer trucks, hot dog stands, bouncy houses, local arts & crafts, cigar shops, beer bongs and numerous speakers blaring out some sort of repetitive drum-machine back-beat pretending to be music. No. That's not what we're doing. We're simply taking our pub & restaurant, equipped with 35 taps, a capable kitchen, and room for an acoustic guitarist and offering you beer geeks the most extensive 35 taps of the Belgian Beers that Florida has ever seen. For three days.

Come Thirsty. Leave Safely.

So anyways, THIS is what you're looking for, isn't it?

The Beer List:
  1. Affligem Blonde Ale
  2. Allagash Curieux
  3. Alvinne Gaspar
  4. Alvinne Melchior
  5. Alvinne Podge
  6. Avec les Bons Dupont
  7. Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
  8. Chimay Triple
  9. Cigar City Belgian Coaster Ale - made special for this event - A Belgian-style IPA brewed with Trappist Ale yeast and infused with Guava.
  10. Corsendonk Abbey Ale
  11. Corsendonk Brown Ale
  12. Corsendonk Christmas Ale 2008
  13. Delirium Noel
  14. Delirium Tremens
  15. DeRanke XX Bitter
  16. Duchesse De Bourgogne
  17. Gouden Carolus Noel
  18. Grimbergen Dubble
  19. Gulden Draak
  20. Ichtegem's Grand Cru
  21. Kerkom Bink Blonde
  22. Kwak
  23. LaChouffe Golden Ale
  24. Leffe Blonde
  25. Lindeman's Framboise
  26. Maredsous 8
  27. Moinette Blonde
  28. Noel des Geants
  29. Nostradomus Brown Ale
  30. Ommegang Hennepin
  31. Piraat
  32. Saison Dupont
  33. Saxo Blonde Ale
  34. Scaldis
  35. Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap
  36. Smisje Vuuve
  37. St Bernardus Abt 12
  38. St Bernardus Prior 8
  39. St Bernardus Triple
  40. St Bernardus Xmas Ale
  41. Stella Artois
  42. Teras Boulba
  43. Terrapin Belgian Stout
  44. Tripel Karmeliet
  45. Tsmisje Speciale
  46. Unibroue Ephemre
  47. Unibroue Maudite
  48. Unibroue La Terrible
  49. Unibroue Trois Pistoles
  50. Wittekerke

Many Belgian bottles will be available as well, including Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval and Chimay. FYI: Yes, that's more than 35 beers. Thirty five brews will be tapped at any given time, and then other Belgian or Belgian-style beers will be rotated in as kegs empty. Please note that many of these beers will be limited to a single 5-gallon keg, so supplies are limited. Each slim keg should serve about 70 8-oz wine glasses-worth of beer, so if there's something you're particularly interested in trying, you may want to show up on Friday or Saturday, rather than Sunday. When the kegs are gone, they're gone! We'll be ordering backups based on pure guesses as to what the turnout will be. We don't want to run out of beer, but then we don't want to have dozens of leftover kegs, either. This first go-round will be a learning experience, but don't let that fool you into thinking it will be anything less than absolutely KICK ASS!!!

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