Kelsen Brewing Co. celebrates its third year of brewing with a special anniversary event on Tuesday, March 21, at Cask & Vine in Derry. There will be a dozen beers on tap plus a cask, Kelsen-inspired dishes, opportunities to meet and talk with Kelsen brewers and a couple surprises.
“We are very excited to be celebrating our third year,” Paul Kelly of Kelsen said. “We couldn’t have made it this far without the support of the local community, our fans and local bars and restaurants such as Cask & Vine.”
One of the highlights of the night is the Russian imperial stout Vinatta, a collaboration or “friendship” beer started between Kelsen and Cask & Vine shortly after Kelsen opened. Attendees will have the chance to try the 2015, 2016 and recently debuted 2017 versions, as well as the final batch of the pilot version.
“That was like the test version. It’s kind of a special thing for us, like the end of the beginning,” Andy Day of Cask & Vine said. “It will be cool to sample all four of those side by side.”
Day describes the 2015 batch as having “aged nicely, with a creaminess to it and the chocolate coming through more.” The 2016 batch “still has a little kiss of sweetness to it, but definitely more of that leathery tobacco taste and dark fruit.” The 2017 batch, he said, “has bittersweet chocolate up front with a little fruit and a little more roastiness.”
There will be beer flights offered with all four variations of the Vinatta as well as flights of Kelsen’s other flagship beers on tap. The cask beer will be Cappuccino Paradigm Brown — a one-off made exclusively for the anniversary event — and there will be a couple surprise beers making their debut as well.
Food specials will include soups or appetizers, an entree and a dessert that incorporate Kelsen beers.
Finally, attendees will have the chance to meet and chat with Kelsen brewers throughout the evening.
“It’s cool to be able to sit there and talk with them about the beer industry and their experiences and stories about the beer,” Day said. “Vinatta means friendship, and that’s what this is all about — spending a night drinking good beer and talking with these fantastic people.”