A Warm Welcome to three new-entries into the CHEZWaWa family.
One "Cali" beer from afar, and two very local "Zinneke" beers...
First - all the way from San Francisco - ANCHOR STEAM, the original amber beer from The City by the Bay:
- ANCHOR STEAM was first brewed in 1896 during the Gold Rush era and is considered one of America's oldest craft beers brought into modern times. A 4.9% California Common Ale with a deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor, this "Beer of San Francisco" derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast under primitive conditions and without ice, while the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer and created steam off the warm open pans on San Francisco rooftops. Obviously the production process has been modernized since, but the classic American brewing tradition remains!
And - from Brasserie de la Senne, two "Made in Brussels" favorites which honor the traditional ways of brewing beer: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, free of any additives and using only the finest raw materials of the highest quality.
- ZINNEBIR, a golden blond Brussels Ale with 6% alcohol, malty, with a fine bitterness and a long aftertaste. The scent is complex, developing a fruity-hop intense fragrance.
- TARAS BOULBA, a light blond Extra Hoppy Ale made for the summer months with 4.5% alcohol, generously hopped with the finest aromatic hops, giving it a very refreshing character and a scent reminiscent of citrus. Very drinkable, this is the perfect Session beer. But you’re no doubt wondering where the name comes ... Well, the story is that a young Flemish man has gone and married a French-speaking Wallonian girl, and his father, Taras Boulba, is very angry. ('Smeirlap' on the label means ‘fool’ in the local dialect, which combines Flemish and French somehow). This is all a bastardization of the original story by Gogol, whose protagonist was Ukrainian (Zaporozhian Cossack, specifically), and a Protestant. His son marries a Polish girl, a Catholic, during the religious war between the two countries in the 1600s, and the Ukrainian father simply kills his son to eliminate the shame.
Welcome, Bienvenue, Welkom to CHEZWaWa !