Zwanze Day has perennially been a hot ticket not just in Southern California, but the whole damn planet. The elusive beer was being poured at only 46 locations world-wide, with the U.S. having the most locations, with 22 awesome venues pouring this year’s Zwanze here in the states. Put together highly limited number of tickets with a vastly higher number of hopeful buyers, and you have yourself a very sought after ticket. I mean, this is a special Cantillon release, who the hell wouldn’t want to go? As luck would have it, I was able to attend this year’s toast, specifically at Beachwood BBQ’s Seal Beach location.
I have been to their Long Beach spot many times, but for whatever reason this was my first time to the Seal Beach spot. I was taken aback by the size of the place, which is small. Really small compared to its sister location. I was pretty excited, as I saw this as the perfect place for this type of event. Personally, there’s something to be said for small, limited capacity beer events, and I wish there were more of them.
The staff and management had planned the event perfectly, including how many tickets they sold. The event was actually quite comfortable, with every ticket holder having a place to sit. The Cantillon flight included with the ticket consisted of Classic Geueze, Iris, and St. Gilloise. Kudos to Gabe and his staff, who made the event one to remember. I’d love to see this location be chosen for Zwanze Day 2014.