Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jake's Friday Tapping Parties/Lincoln: Lucky Bucket 'Dmitri's Revenge'/Omaha: Saison Dupont‏‏

LINCOLN JAKE'S: This Friday will be a fantastic tapping party, with Lucky Bucket's recent release 'Dmitri's Revenge'. A deep, rich and viscous Russian Imperial Stout created in collaboration with Omaha homebrewer John Fahrer. This award winning recipe recently took the first place award at the inaugural Homegrown Homebrew Fest at Crescent Moon in Omaha. Although John is no stranger of the winners circle (he was the AHA Home Brewer of the year in 1996), he had never got around to brewing a Russian Imperial Stout until getting the inspiration from friend, and fellow AHA Hombrewer of the year (2006), Mark Simpson of Ames, IA. John described Mark's beer thusly, "It was sublime; thick, luscious...", and was then set on creating his very own beer of intense darkness.

The name of John's beer has it's history as well, in his words, "The name for the beer came from a phone technician that serviced my PBX when I was working at the Blackstone building in Omaha, right across from The Crescent Moon. He was a Ukrainian immigrant named Dmitri Masyuk. Great guy, but he was like a bull in a china shop. A lot like Dmitri's Revenge, big and bold.". You got to love it!

ALSO BEING TAPPED: 2011 Goose Island Christmas Ale!

Tapping time:
5:00 pm Jake's Lincoln (14th & P St.)

OMAHA JAKES: This Friday will be a tapping party for a true legend, Saison Dupont. "Saison Dupont is a world classic beer and the yardstick for one of Belgium’s most important beer styles. It is the most admired AND imitated Saison in the world. The Saison style was pioneered by farms in Wallonie, the grain-growing region of Belgium. Traditionally beers were made during harvest to make use of excess grain. But before refrigeration, beers were hard to keep and the typical method of preservation was higher alcohol and sugar. This made for a heavy beer not very thirst quenching or suitable for hard labor. Golden, spritzy, quenching Saisons were the answer. They were strong enough to keep (4–6.5%) and very well attenuated so excess sugar could not go sour or create unwanted re-fermentations.

A strong, vital yeast is key to full attenuation and thus to the style and why Dupont’s role in its popularization has been central. Starting in the late 1800s and continuing till the present day, Dupont has helped neighboring farms and brewers by selling them yeast and providing lab services!

Saison Dupont is a wonderful straw color with a dense creamy head. The nose is alive, like fresh raised bread, estery with citrus and spice notes. Full-bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate and finishes with a zesty hop and citrus attack. Incredibly compatible with food!" -Vanberg & DeWulf

"My favorite imported beer is Saison Dupont." -Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head

Tapping time:
5:30 pm Jake's Omaha (62nd & Maple)


Jake's has recently received a wonderful shipment of bottled Belgian ales including:

Foret Organic Saison, Brasserie Dupont
Moinette Brune, Brasserie Dupont
Monk's Stout, Brasserie Dupont
Scaldis Noël, Brasserie Dubuisson
Lambickx (Zenne Valley, Private Domain), Brouwerij Strubbe
"Lambickx™ is Vanberg & Famille’s brand of hand-selected and blended lambics. Every Lambic with the Lambickx™ name is made from casks personally tasted and chosen by Don Feinberg, one of the first importers of Belgian beer to America and founder of the first Belgian-only brewery in the U.S. Don chooses his Lambics for their complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence both by themselves and as exquisite accompaniments to food." -Vanberg & DeWulf

If you have not checked out the Jake's bottle selection lately, you are missing out.

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