On Saturday 29th September Clink will host Cantillon Brewery’s Zwanze Day. This is a big deal, this is a very big deal for Birmingham and its burgeoning beer scene. Lovers of Belgian beers, Lambics (wild yeast fermented beers) and sour beers hold Cantillon, and the beers it brews, in very high regard so the idea of a venue in Birmingham being chosen as one of only five venue in the UK to host the launch of the Zwanze beer is a real honour, and highlights the trust Cantillon have for Clink.
The Clink — BirminghamUK Venues – Zwanze 2018
Six° North — Aberdeen
Moor Beer — Bristol
Beermerchants Tap —London
The Pilcrow — Manchester
You may be asking, like our own Dave Hopkins “I know it’s a big deal, but I don’t know why”. To understand why you need to know more about Cantillon and Zwanze.
Brasserie Cantillon can be found in the Anderlect area of Brussels, a relatively nondescript building in a fairly run down residential area close to the busy Bruxelles-Midi train station. They have been either blending or brewing lambics since 1900, and are now world-renowned for the beer they produce and the brewery itself has become a place of pilgrimage for beer lovers across the world.
Zwanze Day can be traced back to 2008, initially just a special release of an experimental beer and developed in to a celebration Day, largely in response to profiteers who would buy the beer from the brewery and then sell at an exorbitant markup online. It became world-wide release in 2011 (first held in the UK in 2012). This is usually a special one-off release (exception being Zwanze 2009 release Mamouce, the 2018 version will be available on draft at Clink). It is only available at the chosen venues and drinking at the brewery only. The stated aim of Zwanze Day is to bring Lambic enthusiasts across the world together in celebration.
We were able to ask Dave from Clink a few questions about their plans.
What’s the format of their day?
What else will be going on – other beers etc?
How do people get tickets? Will this be online, in the shop only etc?
Are they hoping to make this an annual event?
How does it feel to have Clink be one of a small number of venues to host Zwanze in UK?
We are very proud a Birmingham venue has been chosen to host Zwanze 2018, and if you still want to know why is such a big deal, grab a ticket, and come try the beer for yourself.