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Big Top BCTC: Music, Schedule and Map

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We’re so thrilled to have Puddles Pity Party returning to the brewery this weekend to headline Big Top BCTC! Joining him on stage between 3 pm and midnight are Danke Baby, Evan Watson, Flux Capacitor, Bella’s Bartok, and DJ Goldee Dust. Danke Baby will also provide live music for the VIP dinner on Friday evening.

We have all sorts of Big Top fun planned for the weekend. Take a look at the schedule and the map to see what’s happening when and where on Friday and Saturday.

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Big Top BCTC: Breweries and Beers

It’s Monday, and Big Top BCTC is coming to the brewery in just a few days. We’ve been working ’round the clock on all the final details, including the attending brewery list and what beers they are bringing! The list is alphabetized by brewery name and has the tent and table information on there too so you can plan out your afternoon at the tasting.

The list can be downloaded here: BCTC 2017 Attending Brewers and Beers_FINAL.

You can also view a PDF here: BCTC-2017-Attending-Brewers-and-Beers_FINAL.

If there are any changes this week (ie. someone can’t make it or they want to swap in a different beer) we will make changes to this document up until 5 pm on Thursday.

Cheers!

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Innovation Beers at Big Top BCTC

Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe has had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and he’s ready to share a few of those new recipes with BCTC attendees on Saturday, August 5. Some of these beers are just for fun and some are test batches for future Ommegang beers. In any case, we think they’re delicious and we can’t wait to hear what you think about them next weekend.

As these are test brews, only one sixtel of each beer exists so be sure to stop by early in the appropriate session if there’s something you want to try.  These beers will be poured in the innovation tent which is adjacent to the brewery patio.

On tap for session one (2:30 to 5 pm): 

Belgian Pilsner (5.1 % ABV): Crisp, clean, and dry; fermented with a Belgian lager yeast.

Experimental Pale (6.4 % ABV): Brewed with two experimental unnamed hop varieties from the PNW, fermented with American ale yeast.

Belgian Stout (6.7 %): Brewed with cocoa nibs, fermented with a special Belgian yeast.

Blend #1 (5.2 %): A blend of Pale Sour Ale and Short Sleeve Saison, with apricot and peach juices.

On tap for session two (5 to 7 pm): 

Double Rainbow (8.0 % ABV): NEIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, Motueka, Centennial, and Topaz hops.

Hibiscus Hennepin (7.7 % ABV): Our beloved farmhouse saison brewed with hibiscus flowers.

Tripel IPA (9.5 % ABV): Belgian-style Tripel brewed with Lopal and Ekuanot hop powder.

Oak-Aged Dubbel (7.7 % ABV): Belgian-style Dubbel aged briefly on oak.

You can find all of these beers listed on Untappd. We hope you’ll give them a try and let us know on the app what you think!

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Meet Brunetta

Good morning, friends. Today’s the day we launch Brunetta Oud Bruin at the brewery. Today’s also our annual garage sale so while you’re picking up Brunetta, take a peek at some items from Ommegang’s past on sale at deep discounts. Win-win! We’re open 11 am to 5 pm today.

Ommegang Brunetta Bottle 11.2ozBrunetta is a 5% ABV traditional Oud Bruin, or sour brown ale, developed by our brewmaster Phil Leinhart, and the master blenders at our sister brewery, Liefmans, in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Liefmans has been perfecting their blending techniques for more than 300 years, and is renowned for their clean and balanced sour beers.

The Oud Bruin style is known for its playful flirtation between sweet and sour flavors and Brunetta is no exception. “Brunetta is a mild, clean Oud Bruin, well-balanced and with a touch of caramel sweetness from the specialty malts,” says Phil. “It’s been a privilege to brew with Marc Coesens and his talented team at Liefmans. The opportunity to work with our beer brethren is always such an honor.”

Brunetta pours a deep amber-brown with clarity and a tan head with light retention. Aromas of raisin, prune, and sweet malts are followed by subtle hints of lactic sourness. The balanced sweet and sour flavor leads with caramel malt and finishes with a clean, refreshing sourness. Brunetta is medium bodied and moderately dry with a pleasant nutty flavor in the finish.

Brewed with a traditional blend of pilsner, amber, and caramel malts and with minimal hopping, Brunetta’s mixed culture fermentation begins in Liefmans’ open copper vats and continues in stainless tanks for four to eight months. This Oud Bruin’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to rich dishes like duck confit, chicken liver pâté, all manner of mild cheeses, and NY-style cheese cakes and other mildly sweet desserts.

Available in 11.2 oz. four-packs and on draft at the brewery beginning today, Brunetta will also be available in select Ommegang retailers in the following states beginning this month and into June: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV plus Washington D.C., U.S.V.I., and P.R.

Meet Pale Sour

Combined Pale SourThis weekend at the brewery we are welcoming a remarkable new year-round beer. Pale Sour is a 6.9% ABV mixed fermentation sour beer developed by our brewmaster Phil Leinhart, and the master blenders at our sister brewery, Liefmans, in Oudenaarde, Belgium.

From Phil: “Pale Sour is an elegant, drinkable sour beer, unique in that it’s not wood-aged. It has a well-balanced blend of sweet and sour. Liefmans is such a historic, iconic brewery and having the opportunity to work with them has been an honor and very enjoyable.”

Pale Sour begins with a mixed culture fermentation in open copper vats. Aged over several months in stainless tanks, master blenders blend new batches with older ones until the optimal balance of flavors is reached.

A beer that drinks much like a fine white wine, Pale Sour pours a bright golden hue with a brilliant white head. The flavor is an elegant interplay of sweet and sour and the mouthfeel is soft with a delicate body and clean finish.

Pale Sour’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to a charcuterie board and a tasty contrast to rich, fatty foods. Try pairing with duck, ribeye, blue cheese, and rich chocolate desserts. Pale Sour is best served in a Teku glass which will prevent the beer from warming in hands.

Available in 11.2 oz. four-packs and on draft at the brewery beginning this Saturday, April 29, Pale Sour will also be available in select retailers within the our distribution footprint. Currently the following states have ordered Pale Sour: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, VA, plus Washington D.C. and U.S.V.I.