We Got Lost in the Woods!
If you ever have the opportunity to go to a New Belgium event, here’s a pro-tip: GO! I can promise you that you won’t regret it. These guys do it right! We made it out to the Lost in the Woods event at Busy Bee last Saturday, where New Belgium released their latest versions of La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek. And, from the moment we arrived, until our departure, Lost in the Woods was top-notch!
The event was held at The Hive, upstairs, above the main restaurant. As ticket holders arrived, they received three tokens to be used at the bar. Each token was good for one 8 oz pour of one of the sours. The idea was to be able to taste all three, which I did. At least once. Because my wife
loves me so much didn’t finish some of hers. Wait, there were three? There were only two advertised.
Yeah, so our local New Belgium folks pulled some strings and added to the list of awesome with an additional keg of NBB Loves Leopold, which uses the same base beer (Oscar) as La Folie, but it’s treated a little differently. You can read all about it here if you want to get really nerdy about it (says the guy providing the links…). Otherwise, just know that it’s aged in Blackberry Whiskey barrels from Leopold Distillery. And that it’s awesome. At the very least, remember it’s awesome!
Back to the other two featured beers, La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek were as wonderful as expected. Yes, they’re both sours. Yes, they’re both delicious. But, they’re completely different beers. In comparison (and, mind you, this was after a Leopold and a La Folie), the Kriek was notably sweeter on the finish. Once I adjust my palate to the sours, anything less sour usually ends up tasting a little sweet. But it was outstanding nonetheless.
In addition to the great sours, The Hive bartenders were also pouring the new Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat (no tokens necessary). Since Slow Ride is one of my latest
obsessions beers I appreciate, I lost count had a few of them, which was what it took for the wife to convince me to step into the Lost in the Woods photo booth.
Throughout the evening, servers were meandering through the crowd with appetizers like Salmon and Tuna Tar-Tar. There was a great Bluegrass/Americana band playing (you know we love that stuff!). And everyone enjoyed themselves. There was a good crowd in The Hive, but it never felt uncomfortably crowded, the music wasn’t too loud to hold a conversation with people, and the servers did an outstanding job of taking care of everybody. From an organizer’s point of view, my hats off to the Busy Bee and our friends at New Belgium. This was an outstanding event that I am really happy I attended. I honestly can’t recommend attending a New Belgium enough. I know this won’t be my last!