It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in the back room of the Four Firkins and sampling a beer from a brewery-in-planning called Fulton. Man, how time flies! And just in time for the first official day of Fall, Fulton is releasing their seasonal double-red ale, The Libertine with a week of events starting Saturday at the brewery.
Here’s the complete rundown. Something for everyone!
Saturday, 9/22 @ Fulton Taproom in Downtown Minneapolis: Libertine will be on tap and available in growlers when we open our doors at noon. As with last time it was available at the taproom, Libertine is $5 for a 12 oz pour and $18 for a growler. Also of note: we’ll have some very cool limited edition Libertine T-shirts available for sale.
Sunday, 9/23 @ Bryant Lake Bowl in Uptown Minneapolis: Laura and the great crew at BLB will be tapping Libertine to coincide with their weekly Neighborhood Night. Starting at 6:00, you can not only get Libertine, but also discounts on other local beers, appetizers, and bowling to boot!
Monday, 9/24 @ The Happy Gnome in St. Paul: Head over to the Happy Gnome! If Libertine alone doesn’t get you moving, consider this: The Gnome will have Sweet Child of Vine, Lonely Blonde, and yes, War & Peace on tap. Libertine and War & Peace are both rare in their own right; getting them at the same time is almost unheard of.
Tuesday, 9/25 @ 3 Squares in Maple Grove: We know there’s a lot of beer enthusiasts in the Northwest Metro. We’ll be joining the fine folks at 3 Squares for pints & perhaps some sweet Fulton giveaways as well.
Wednesday, 9/26 @ The Muddy Pig in St. Paul: Some purists say that cask-conditioned is the best way to experience a beer; others prefer it from a keg. (We believe there are many paths to nirvana, and will stay out of this argument). Come to the Muddy Pig and decide for yourself the best way to enjoy a Libertine: they’ll be tapping a keg as well as a cask conditioned with Fuggles.
Thursday, 9/27 @ Acadia in West Bank Minneapolis: If you haven’t been to Acadia for a Beer & Beast night, mark your calendar for this one. We’ll be serving a cask-conditioned Libertine aged with hickory. Better yet, Acadia’s smokemaster Ted will be serving steaks smoked with the same hickory! Sounds like a perfect pairing to us.
Friday, 9/28 @ Edina Grill: Last but certainly not least, we’ll be stopping by Edina Grill to finish out our Libertine Tour of the Original Six Fulton bars. Edina Grill holds a special place in Fulton’s heart, as it’s only three blocks from the garage where we brewed our first homebrew batches. Arrive early before Brian has a chance to eat all of the pierogies!
The Libertine Release Tour schedule is packed, but we know not everyone who wants a Libertine will be able to make an event. Many other bars & restaurants will be serving Libertine as well, so ask around. Also, as mentioned before, we’ll be doing a very limited run of 750 mL (wine bottle size) bottles for our liquor store friends this year. We’ll have more information about the mid-October release of those bottles as the date gets closer.