The Dutch Trading Co's annual Wild 'n' Sour event has evolved. What started with Zwanze Day in 2015 has morphed into a three-day celebration of sour/wild/Lambic goodness.
This year DTC will be releasing all of the cellared wild ales they've been collecting for the last four years. Buy some Lambics for in-house consumption and pretend you're in a little bar in Belgium.
Across the weekend, there will be giveaways, Magnum sales, Meet The Brewer events and more, so stock up on the Quick Eze and charcoal tablets.
If you're keen to participate in one (or more) of the special ticketed events, check them out below:
Friday November 22 at 7pm - New World Wild Dinner
With the trend of local wild ales, kettle sours, barrel programs and everything in between, DTC has gathered some of the newer wild ale brewers and blenders together for a showcase dinner. Three producers are each presenting three beers, alongside three dishes from DTC's kitchen.
- Dollar Bill Brewing - DB blend locally sourced fruits and honey to make complex barrel aged wild ales. You'll get to enjoy a few beers, and some insight from the brewer himself.
- Future Mountain - First time in WA. New World meets Old World as traditional styles are given innovative tweaks, with blending, solera systems, fruiting and funking up beer being the name of the game.
- Bright Tank Brewing - A collaborative wild/sour beer program that's been going on in secret for a while, as well as a couple of sneaky DTC collabs - one of which is 4 years in the making...
Tickets are $70, and are available via the Facebook event.
Saturday November 23 at 2pm - Costa & Cheese 2.0
Costa Nikias, the mastermind behind La Sirène, is forever tinkering with farmhouse ales, wild ales and barrel aged beers. He's coming back to DTC for a simple but classy event - beer and cheese.
Spend a few hours with the man himself as he walks you through some of his limited and aged stock of La Sirène beers. Nibble cheese sourced and paired by the DTC kitchen.
Tickets are $15, and are available via the Facebook event.
Saturday November 23 at 7pm - The Lambic Tasting - SOLD OUT
A tasting event 60 years in the making.
DTC has managed to get its hands on some bottles of 60-year-old Lambic from Goossens and Eylenbosch, two Lambic breweries that sadly no longer exist. With a painted white stripe, these beers are noted as Gueuze.
These bottles were found 10 years ago in a cellar behind a false wall. There were 3,000 bottles found. There are now a lot fewer. DTC managed to acquire six, and is opening one of them for an intimate six person tasting event.
While this is the cornerstone of the event, five other rare beers will also be tasted:
- 2011 Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend - a special blend of 1,2,3 and 4 year old Lambic.
- 1999 Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic - unsweetened and unfiltered gueuze that was bottled by Belle-Vue in various vintages until 1999. Is no longer produced.
- 2017 Cantillon Lambic D'Aunis - Lambic created with Pineau d’Aunis grapes.
- 2018 Bokkereyder Framboos Vanille - Raspberry Lambic with vanilla. Near impossible to get a hold of!
- 2010 Cuvée René Special Blend - an exclusive blend of 4 year old Lambic with young Lambic. Limited edition of 15,000 bottles.