a few of the beers that will be available
to sample during the third annual Belgian
Beer Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The event takes place at The Royal Mile/Red
Monk, 210 Fourth St., from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission
is $15, and tickets are available at The
Bask in Belgians at third annual
Stroll through the aisles of your local liquor
store and you're bound to find a wide array
of beer stylings. From IPAs to Stouts, the selection
is tremendous, but only one style — Belgian
beer — is considered the Rolls Royce of its
kind, which is why The Royal Mile/Red Monk is
celebrating the tasty elixir with a celebration
all its own, the third annual Belgian Beer Celebration.
"Belgian beer is so different than any
other type of beer," said Jeff Bruning,
event organizer and partner with Full Court
Press (owners of The Royal Mile, Red Monk, High
Life Lounge, el Bait Shop, Hessen Haus). "It's
such a distinct beer that it really deserves
its own festival."
The event, which takes place at The Royal Mile/Red
Monk on Saturday, Sept. 17, runs from 1 to 5
p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at
The Royal Mile. There will be more than 75 beers
"We only have a limited amount of tickets
left, so get them while you can," Bruning
said. "The weather has been really good,
so we're looking forward to a great turnout
Although this is the third annual event, Bruning
had confidence from the beginning that the festival
would attract beer lovers.
"I knew we were on to something during
the first year because it rained the whole time,
but nobody left," he said. "We had
75 people standing in the rain drinking some
For the price of admission, attendees receive
a commemorative tasting glass and two drink
tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased
for $2. The event is limited to 150 people,
with more than 75 beers available to sample.
"It's a great opportunity for people to
try something they have never had before,"
For those not familiar with the Belgian beer
style, Bruning says Blue Moon is a good example
of an Americanized version. Other companies
creating their own style of American crafted
Belgian beers include New Belgium, Boulevard
and Goose Island. New Belgium just released
a new, limited edition beer called Clutch, which
they created with the rock band of the same
name. The beer might be available at the celebration,
"We're working on bringing it to the festival,
so hopefully, we'll have some Clutch to sample,"
Although they offer a delicious taste, a lot
of consumers shy away from Belgian beers because
of higher costs. One of Bruning's goals for
the festival was to offer samplesfor affordable
"People might be afraid of the commitment
to buy a bigger bottle at a higher price, so
they never try these beers," he said. "At
the festival, they can sample a 3-ounce pour
for a couple bucks, which is a much better way
to try a number of them. "
Although there have been many different tasting
events throughout the summer, the Belgian Beer
Celebration focuses strictly on one type of
"If you tell people you like beer, but
have never had Belgian Beer, you better not
tell people you like beer," Bruning laughs.
"It's a great celebration and the perfect
opportunity to try some beers you've maybe never
had before. Plus, there is nothing better than
drinking some great beer on a late summer afternoon."