FROM READERS: Columbia Beer Enthusiasts organize three upcoming tastings

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 8:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:00 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A gathering of the Columbia Beer Enthusiasts.

Zac Early is a blogger who covers the music and beer scenes of Columbia. This post was originally published on The CoMo Collective. Zac also blogs at Building International Coalitions Through Beer and Pavement. Both blogs are part of the Missourian's Media Guide.

Zac has been previously published in the From Readers section on the topics of holiday drinking and artist Ben Chlapek.


The Columbia Beer Enthusiasts (CBE) have come out of hiding to schedule three upcoming tastings. As always, participants are asked to show up with a beer or two that fit the tasting’s theme to share. Typically, two 12-ounce bottles or one bomber (22 ounces or 750 milliliters) do the trick. If you don’t have beer to share, you can join in by paying $5, but where’s the fun in that?

The three tastings are as follows…

On Sunday, July 22, at Sycamore, the CBE will hold an “Off the Vine” tasting. Beer enthusiasts are to bring lambics, sours, and fruit beers to share. A nice list of lambics can be found on Beer Advocate’s site. Technically, lambics fall under the category of sour ales, but sour beers include many styles, such as Berliner Weisse, Flanders red and brown ales and Gueuze. Of course, one could also peruse BA’s list of fruit beers for more choices.

The Best of Summer tasting on August 25th will celebrate the beers of summer. This event will happen at 4 p.m. on 1839 Taphouse’s patio. What defines a “summer beer” is left up to interpretation, but the club suggests summer seasonals, cream ales, golden ales, and blondes as possible styles to enjoy.

Finally, 44 Stone is hosting the “Aged to Perfection” tasting on September 16th. For this tasting, participants are asked to unearth beers they have been saving for a year or more. Verticals where several vintages of the same beer are tasted in chronological order are encouraged. The tasting will start around 3 p.m.. Then, hang around for dinner afterward. If you don’t have any beers that are over a year old, you can always search local shelves and coolers for older vintages or beers that we can use in a vertical tasting.

For more on these events and all-things-beer-related in CoMo, join the Columbia Beer Enthusiasts on Facebook. Also, be sure to RSVP to these events and participate in the discussion so that members can coordinate beers to share. Also, homebrews are welcome. There’s no better place to get feedback on your homemade brew than a CBE meeting.

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