Thursday, November 15, 2012 – King’s Day in Belgium – marks the official day (and night) of the Coast to Coast Toast. It’s a celebration of the Anniversary of the founding of Vanberg & DeWulf, the first company to specialize in importing Belgian beers to the United States.
We thought we’d also take the opportunity to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating 15% of the day’s sales to relief aid. After all, there’s nothing quite like drinking tasty beer for a great cause. In addition to those five tasty beers, we’ll have five different kinds of poutine to pair, all made with our new, house made, hand cut fries.
Library Alehouse has long been a supporter of the Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio. So on Thursday, November 15th from open to close, we are throwing our own version of the Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast right here in Santa Monica. We hope you’ll want stop in to raise a glass to Vanberg & DeWulf, and to Hurricane Sandy relief, with at least one of the more than 43 beers from 11 breweries from 4 countries whose beers they import. Here’s what we’ll be pouring and pairing:
- Vintage Scaldis Noel paired with French Poutine
- Dupont Monk’s Stout paired with Mexican Poutine
- Castelain Biere de Garde paired with Asian Poutine
- Scaldis Peche Mel paired with Moroccan Poutine
- Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux paired with Indian Poutine
Vanberg & DeWulf are the original, most ardent and proselytizing importers of Belgian beers in the USA. It’s no wonder they’re called the “Belgian Experts”: ever since 1982, their mission has been to support independent, family-run breweries and indigenous beer styles that express the spirit of a place. The founders, Don Feinberg & Wendy Littlefield, were the first Americans inducted into the Belgian Brewers’ Guild. They published the first edition of “The Great Beers of Belgium” by Michael Jackson. In the 1990’s they pioneered cooking with beer education at the CIA and The James Beard House. Don & Wendy conceived of and built Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, thereby constructing the first farmstead brewery to be built in over a century… on a former hops farm, no less.
In addition to our event, other Belgian-tinged bars, restaurants and stores from New York to Little Rock, Chicago to San Francisco, and Miami to Anchorage will be celebrating along with us.