Last Saturday night, we opened up our wood cellar to roughly 800 fans for Lost in the Woods, our annual release party for La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek. The party kicked off with our exclusive sour symposium, where guests mingled with New Belgium's wood cellar crew and Oud Beersel's Gert Christiaens (our Belgian collab partner for this year's Transatlantique Kriek) and drew samples of sour beer directly from our wood foeders. After that, an epic party ensued, featuring DJs, live jazz, magicians and lots of sour beer (LOTS of sour beer).
Tokens for beer samples.
Signs indicated the various attributes of our foeders.
Symposium guests were invited to wander through the foeders and pour samples from the wood.
Wood cellar manager Eric Salazar directs a group of guests into the woods.
Food, glorious food.
Hanging out at the pilot brewery, where beers like Oscar Worthy Coffee were poured.
Pop-up bars throughout the wood cellar.
Wood cellar blender Lauren Salazar leads the party in a toast to this year's La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek.
Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert (far right) and the wood cellar crew toast.
The wood cellar turned into a giant dance floor as a DJ plays from above.
A fire-breathing dragon took command on top of the foeders.
Wood cellar manager Eric Salazar.
The entire wood cellar was packed with guests.
Special tastings up in Brewhouse II.
Transatlantique Kriek passed into the crowd.
Symposium guests tasted the three beers that went into this year's Transatlantique Kriek blend.
Gettin' jiggy with it.
Looking on as a dance party breaks out.
The DJ was stationed upstairs in our lab.
Hope to see you next year! — Chris