Zwanze Day 2020

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by elNopalero, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,905) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    Hi folks,

    Does anyone know about the status of Zwanze Day 2020? I might have missed any announcements. I assume it’s off (another consequence of this pandemic) but perhaps there’s some alternative in the works. Would Zwanze-at-home defeat the whole point of the day?
     
  2. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Isn't the whole point of the day to be able to enjoy an extremely limited release beer in one of a select few locations around the world? I don't see how this could be made to work on an at-home basis.
     
  3. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,905) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    Yes! And no! I think the larger goal is to build and support community. The beer is the mechanism that brings people together. A virtual tasting isn't the same, granted, but I'm guessing we won't be toasting in person anytime soon, either.
     
  4. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Champion (851) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I think this is the point for most people^
    Maybe rather than a ticket for zwamze day, you get a voucher to redeem for one bottle of zwanze over a month window for onsite consumption at participating establishment that has outdoor seating with applicable social distancing.
     
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  5. hops_for_thought

    hops_for_thought Devotee (442) Jun 14, 2013 New York
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    IIRC Jean said Zwanze was all or nothing, meaning if it couldn’t be global/the usual experience he’d rather not do it

    Was part of a zoom conversation with Allagash and RRBC from a few months back, I could be mistaken/there easily could have have been an update since. Cheers!
     
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  6. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Meyvn (1,105) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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  7. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Well, crap, then. :slight_frown:
     
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  8. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Just to clarify: While I am disappointed that I'll have to miss out this year, I do think that what they are proposing is workable and I wish them all the best with it. The Zwanze beer is special, but there is so much more that goes into the spirit of the festivities. A big part of the appeal for me was getting together with like-minded folks over great food and pour after pour of world-class lambics and gueuze from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Boon, Tilquin, et. al. You can't do this online, and it would be sheer folly to even try.
     
  9. d0n_nill0

    d0n_nill0 Initiate (94) Jul 11, 2018 Denmark
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    Himmeriget, a local bar of mine, which usually hosts Zwanze Day in my part of the world, posted this yesterday.
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    Seems like not only is Zwanze Day happening (at least in Europe) but Blåbær Day is back on as well! Or maybe I'm reading it all wrong. Who knows? :slight_smile:
     
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  10. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (276) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Instead, and of course depending on how the current situation evolves over the next month, we hope to be able to organise an event limited to the European continent, that way any changes can be dealt with as swiftly as possible.

    Well I do have (some) European blood in me, and some days feel more European than others. Perhaps that qualifies me?
     
  11. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,905) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    I need a meme decoder.
     
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  12. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,356) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    It may just be a Scooby Snack deficiency.
     
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  13. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,905) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    If only it wasn’t for those meddling COVIDs we’d have Zwanze day!
     
  14. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Meyvn (1,105) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    In case anyone was curious about the 2020 blend -

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  15. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Not only has this SHAMdemic given me a huge pain in the ass and a huger list of words and phrases (e.g. COVID, coronavirus, social distancing) that I hope I NEVER hear again as long as I live on God's green earth, but now it has also robbed me of the chance to enjoy this beer. And enjoy it I would have. :rage:

    Edit: YMMV.
     
  16. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,477) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'm with you, I would have loved to try this one.

    On the bright side, I did just score a bottle of Fou Foun and a bottle of 1900 Bruscillosa (sp?) So I'm pretty stoked out on my cantillon stash.

    Wonder if we'll still get the little cantillon drop that shows up around zwanze this year?
     
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  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,564) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    That's what I loved about Zwanze Day. They had several Cantillon offerings available in addition to the Zwanze beer, plus many others I would not otherwise have easy access to. It might be worth checking with Schera's (the Zwanze Day host restaurant in Elkader, IA) to see if they'll have anything available this year.

    Hope springs eternal...