Once again, craft beer and it’s boundaries are being tested. Beer, wine, whiskey all seem to be having a run at liquid polygamy and enjoying the ride. Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach had B. United International in the house for a special Zymatore tasting. B. United is strictly a distributor but now has their hand in creating unique blends of craft beer by aging European style beer in rare barrels found throughout the world and calling it the Zymatore project. Whiskey, bourbon and wine barrels all seem to be popular choices and create a unique product that invites beer lovers to enjoy the product they love on a completely different taste level. Some of the breweries that B. United has teamed up with are Harviestoun Brewery,Thornbridge Hall Brewery,Brauerei Heller-Trum / Aecht Schlenkerla,Brasserie BFM and Brouwerij De Glazen Toren.
Last night we were able to taste 10 unique blends from B. United. Honestly, all tasted fantastic and each unique in their own right. My personal favorite was De Glazen Toren Canaster Aged in Random Spirits Whiskey barrels for 1 year and Pinot Noir Barrels for 3 years. BFM Abbaye Bon Chien Aged in Dom. Christina Drouin Pommeau casks was also a highlight of the night. Events at Beachwood do not end on a simple tasting note, they create an experience. Such was the case with the pairing menu curated by their chef which paired chicken and duck liver pate with Hofstetten Granit Bock aged in fortified wine barrels.
There’s certainly much character in spirits these days and the better products seem to have more of it. The Zymatore project will continue to push boundaries as long as there are people enjoying it. This is a very small taste of what is yet to come so buckle up and enjoy the ride.
- A Sign of the Wines: Oak Barrels (redenvelope.com)
- Zombie Dinner: Dionicess Gets Ghoulish With Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (laist.com)
- Why some say Founders Brewing represents the ‘best of new Grand Rapids’ (mlive.com)
- Travel | Craft brewing reaches new heights in Portland, Ore. (kansascity.com)