Zwanze Day 2012 (Official Thread)

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,620) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Zwanze Day 2012 is set to take place on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

    We know that it's an exciting release, but there were far too many threads on Cantillon's Zwanze Day 2012 and most contained little to no info or should have been dropped into the calendar. So in an attempt to consolidate, provide a single thread for info and keep the forums clean, let's call this the official Zwanze Day 2012 thread. Feel free to post more info as it's made available, and please submit any related release events/gatherings/meetups in the BA Calendar.



    Announcement from Cantillon's Facebook page:
    More Zwanze Day 2012 & beer info:
    Participating Locations:

    • Armsby Abbey - Worcester, Massachusetts
    • Avenue Pub - New Orleans, Louisiana
    • ChurchKey - Washington, D.C.
    • Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar - Denver, Colorado
    • Holy Grale - Louisville, Kentucky
    • Hop and Vine - Portland, Oregon
    • Lord Hobo - Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Monk's Café - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Novare Res Bier Café - Portland, Maine
    • REAL a gastropub - Honolulu, Hawai'i
    • Redlight Redlight - Orlando, Florida
    • Spuyten Duyvil - Brooklyn, New York
    • The Foundry - Kansas City, Missouri
    • The Trappist - Oakland, California
    • Toronado - San Diego, California
    • West Lakeview Liquors - Chicago, Illinois
    • Montréal : Dieu du Ciel
    • Belgium - Brussels : Moeder Lambic Fontainas
    • Belgium - Brussels : Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles
    • Belgium - Arlon : Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon
    • France - Paris : La Fine Mousse
    • France - Lille : La Capsule
    • Great Britain - London : The Earl of Essex
    • Italy Rome : Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà
    • Italy Bergamo : The Dome
    • Italy Nicorvo : Sherwood Pub
    • Italy - Quinto Vicentino : The Drunken Duck
    • Italy - Quartu Sant'Elena : Ristopub Margherita
    • Norway - Grimstad : Nøgne Ø
    • Finland Helsinki : Pikkulitu
    • Denmark Copenhagen : Olbutikken
    • Netherlands - Amsterdam : De Bierkoning
    • Sweden Stockholm : Akkurat
    • Spain - Sant Joan de Mediona : Masia Agullons
    • Japan - Tokyo: Embassy of Belgium

    Brasserie Cantillon on BeerAdvocate:

    Current Zwanze Day 2012 related events:


  2. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (930) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado

    Glad it's coming to Denver, more specifically Crooked Stave, and hoping it's a ticketed release some how.
  3. bugdoc

    bugdoc Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2011 California

    Never having attended a Zwanze Day event before, I'm curious - aside from the beer brewed specifically for Zwanze Day (which I assume is showing up in kegs only), has there customarily been anything else in particular done at the participating bars? I suppose that might be up to the individual bars in question, but wondering if there's anything else common to the event.
  4. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (534) Feb 22, 2011 California

    There's really no constant. At Russian River last year it was just Zwanze and their other stuff, but some places have tons of different Cantillon kegs on too. I'd expect Trappist to do some extra stuff, but they may not. Ask Chuck next time you see him!
  5. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,422) Dec 13, 2009 New York

    indeedy! if any locals want to set up some sort of post festivities, i'm game! no sleep til brooklyn!!!
    mdfb79, JxExM, Franch and 5 others like this.
  6. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (924) Mar 17, 2009 Washington

    This is only the second Zwanze day but bars set it up as a special event with a nice tap list and bottle selection available beyond the Zwanze beer. 2010 Zwanze bottles were distributed to bars too so who knows if Cantillon will offer something else like that this year
  7. goveia75

    goveia75 Initiate (116) Mar 20, 2011 California

    Didn't RR also have a keg of Iris as well?
  8. avenuepub

    avenuepub Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2009 Louisiana

    I know we make a real effort to put on an outstanding tap list for that entire weekend. There just isn't enough Zwanze to keep every happy through the duration of the wait so we have kegs and bottles we have cellared since last year in anticipation of being chosen again. I'm sure many , of not all of the other bars take the same approach. Cantillon offers the Zwanze plus one other cantillon keg to the participating bars but we also get access to fresh de la Senne and some of us have cellared kegs and bottles. we try to make it a real celebration of the style and the brewery rather than just a one beer tapping.
  9. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,104) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut

    Armsby Abbey is only a 45 minute drive. Guess I have no excuse to not go this year!
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  10. Blanco

    Blanco Zealot (588) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I wasn't there, but I'm pretty sure Monk's went all out last year with all kinds of great beer available. Then again, they tend to do that for Cantillon events.
  11. dimce

    dimce Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2011 California

    Time to request some PTO. Have never been to one and am very excited about this!
  12. joshclauss

    joshclauss Initiate (188) Oct 31, 2010 Colorado

    Excited that Crooked Stave will be the only place in the world to get Zwanze and Crooked Stave draft beers on the same day.
    fortsambo, gklover1, scray24 and 5 others like this.
  13. mykey120

    mykey120 Initiate (123) Aug 13, 2012 Wisconsin

    sounds like a good time!
  14. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (3,996) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon

    This should be good. Zwanze day coinciding with the Wintersun date for Portland?i need to make sure i'm completely open!
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  15. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    like some others said, it's different everywhere but most places seemed to make a pretty big event out of it. in philly they had bottles of 2010 zwanze as well as kegs of other cantillon beers (mamouche and some others i forget right now). they also handed out cantillon flute glasses and there were tshirts for sale too.
  16. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Were they special flute for the event or was it just the standard flute with the Cantillon logo?
  17. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    nah - it was one of these:


    they went super fast though, between my group of 6+ people we only got two.
  18. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Cantillon balloon glasses this year. Shit is gonna rage.
  19. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey

    I was at Spuyten Duyvil for Zwanze Day last year, and it was a great time. Definitely going to be there again this year.
  20. acurtis

    acurtis Poo-Bah (2,710) Sep 27, 2010 New Jersey

    I'll make the trip with you this time
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  21. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia

    Has Churchkey done it before? I've only been in DC for about 6 months and am curious to know how much of a shitshow it is.
  22. shebby

    shebby Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Utah

    So how early should I arrive for Zwanze day at the bar? Start waiting outside in the morning if it's not a ticketed event?
  23. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey

    Last year the tapping was a 3pm EST, and I arrived at the bar in Brooklyn about 15 minutes before they opened at noon so that I would be assured of having a seat at the bar. There were a couple people that also showed by by 12pm, but I could have arrived a bit later and still gotten a pour.
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  24. jgagne

    jgagne Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Holy grale Louisville Kentucky! So glad I live here...should be an amazing time.
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  25. bobv

    bobv Poo-Bah (2,335) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont

    Same glass @ Novare Res, although every person who got a pour, got a glass if I recall.
    Great time, great people!
  26. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Last year, we showed up about 45 minutes before tickets were sold and thought we were gonna be out of luck. Turned out there was only 6 people ahead of us and people came and went at their leisure for the rest of the day. I think this year will end up being a bigger clusterfuck, but not like 4 AM arrival clusterfuck.
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  27. avenuepub

    avenuepub Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2009 Louisiana

    Depends on where you go. We are open 24 hours and start tapping rare beers the day before. So last year people drank DF and other Cantillons while waiting for the Zwanze tapping. Some people showed up as early at 8am but they had a pretty good time relaxing with all the other sours while they waited. It was a great, fun day.
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  28. Spider889

    Spider889 Savant (991) Mar 24, 2010 Ohio

    Have any of the venues sold tickets in the past or is it just show up whenever and the first in line get pours?

    Any idea how busy West Lakeview will get? I've never been there and would prefer this location (all are a drive for me) since I have a friend I'd like to see in Chicago. But if it's likely to be a shitshow given the population size I may try to do Holy Grale instead...
  29. Spider889

    Spider889 Savant (991) Mar 24, 2010 Ohio

    Yeah everything seems to be ramping up in intensity exponentially anymore, but good to hear it wasn't crazy last year at least.
  30. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    *Thinks of ways to trick girlfriend into 8 hour drive to NOLA from Austin*
  31. maximep

    maximep Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2009 New York

    Anyone done this shindig at Spuytin Duyvil? What to expect?
  32. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (256) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey

    Monk's or Spuyten Duyvil???
    Which should I choose?
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  33. Desaparecido

    Desaparecido Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2008 Virginia

    ChurchKey definitely had it last year. Not too bad if you can get there early and get a seat.
  34. DSlim71

    DSlim71 Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New Jersey

    Whatever you pick, I'm coming with!
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  35. jbuddle

    jbuddle Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 New York

    Spuyten is a clusterfuck on a Tuesday afternoon. They usually do ok though. I wouldn't worry about it. Someone should totally bring an '08 zwanze...
  36. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 Defender (677) May 10, 2009 Texas

    Unfortunately you missed an awesome fare sale on SW last week. RT tickets (admittedly from HOU) for $90 each.
  37. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Meh... if im gonna drive 3 hours i might as well drive 5 more.
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  38. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 Defender (677) May 10, 2009 Texas

    Meant to BM...
  39. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    Luckily my girlfriend was down right when I asked her.:grinning:
  40. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Aspirant (257) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    Two places in Mass. So spoiled :wink:
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