Zwanze Day 2017 at Holy Grale @ Holy Grale, Louisville [23 September]

Zwanze Day 2017 at Holy Grale

08:00 - 16:00

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Holy Grale
1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40204
Zwanze Day 2017
at Holy Grale
Saturday, September 23rd
$15 ticket (limited, cash only)
doors open/ ticket sales begin at 8am
21+ only

About Zwanze Day 2017:
One brewery, One day, One beer and 70 beer bars around the world!

On Saturday, September 23rd, glasses will be raised all around the globe as beer lovers take part in this preeminent international toast. We raise our glasses together in celebration of a very special brewery, Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium), and the tradition, passion, innovation, and skill that has driven the Cantillon/Van Roy family to create lambics for over 100 years. For the seventh year, Holy Grale is honored to be one of 32 distinguished beer bars in the U.S. and 70 in the world to participate in this incomparable beer event. In the past, we have been blessed to share this very special day with so many like-minded, appreciative, gracious people who share a common love and respect for slow, well made beer… We can't wait to see many of you again this year!

About Zwanze 2017, «A Tribute to Sylvain»:
«My youngest son, Sylvain, will be 18 come October. As we did for his older brother, Florian, I wanted to celebrate this milestone by dedicating a beer to him. And what better beer than the Zwanze. I wanted to involve Sylvain in choosing the beer, and when I asked him what blend we could make. He told me: “ I love iced tea, could we try a blend with tea?”. After a superb tasting of several different types of tea at “Nong Cha” tea shop in the center of Brussels, we chose three teas for trial blends with Lambics. After a few days of maturation with 2 years old Lambic, we decided on a “Oolong” (Wulong), a semi-fermented blue-green tea. The Lambic-tea blend gave a great result. The beer was delicate and round, with notes of fruit and slight bitterness.
Sylvain is a huge fan of “Game of the Thrones” which inspired the graphics for the 2017 edition of our Zwanze. But in our version, no one dies and everyone has a good beer! „

####WANNA COME?#####


8AM — Doors will open at 8am, Game ON!

2:45PM — Zwanze 2017 will start to be passed at 2:45pm (must be present to redeem ticket and receive your beer)

3PM — International Toast begins at Holy Grale and worldwide


— Tickets are $15 (*cash only, limited availability)


— Tickets are sold on the day of the event, starting at 8am, on a first come first serve basis ONE TICKET PER PERSON/CASH ONLY!

— The line will begin at the front door of Holy Grale and wrap around the building into the adjacent parking lot.

— 125 tickets will be sold, if you are not one of the first 125 people in line, you will not get a ticket. Tickets guarantee you (1) 6oz pour of Zwanze 2017 and (1) commemorative Zwanze Day 2017 tasting glass, which will be distributed minutes before the 3pm toast.

— Expect a line to form very early. We have sold out on some years without making it through the line and most years anyone there before 8am have received a ticket. This information does not predict what will happen this year, it’s just some piece of mind to help you plan successfully for Zwanze Day 2017. If you do not get a ticket, it is not the end of the world! You will be allowed to come in and drink good beer regardless! (caveat: if we are not already at maximum capacity). We ask that everyone is respectful of our process, we have had some successful zwanze days and find it to be the fairest way to sell tickets.

— We do reserve the right to limit entry into our premises in the event that we reach our maximum capacity

*Carefully read our policies on line etiquette. If you do not follow these requests, you will not be allowed to purchase a ticket or enter our premises.

— Please remain in a single file line.

— Please have your valid ID ready, we will be carding you before tickets are sold

-There is NO line jumping and there is NO holding a space for your friend, or girlfriend, or boyfriend, or husband, or wife. If you try to jump ahead of people who have been waiting in line, you will NOT be allowed on premise.

-Be respectful of our neighbors — pick up all your trash. Anyone who is disrespectful to those around them or the space around them — will not be allowed to enter Holy Grale or partcipate in Zwanze Day.

-Do not block the sidewalks or any driveways.

It is illegal to drink alcohol or have open containers in your possession in public (or unlicensed) spaces (meaning the parking lot and sidewalks). NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL MAY ENTER HOLY GRALE or GRALEHAUS! If you bring a bottle onto Holy Grale or Gralehaus's premises that we have not sold you, you are putting our beer license in jeopardy and as a result alcohol will be confiscated and you will be forced to leave.

Please be patient upon entry, it will take us some time to get everyone inside!

— Cash and credit accepted at all bars *(cash only for gralegarten bottles)

— Tabs can be started with a credit card inside Holy Grale at both the main bar and choir loft bar, but not at gralehaus or the gralegarten bar.

— 2 draft beer pours per person, per transaction

— please be patient, kind, and respectful to our staff and those around you — our beertenders will be working hard and doing thier best and will get to you as soon as possible!



1) Brasserie Cantillon Zwanze 2017
2) Cantillon Gueuze
3) Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus
4) Cantillon St. Lamvinus
5) Cantillon Vigneronne
6) Cantillon Cuvée St. Gilloise
7) Cantillon Nath
8) Mahr's Bräu Ungespundet
9) Birrificio Italiano Tipopils
10) Stillwater Artisanal Wavvy
11) Prairie Ales Imaginary Friends
12) Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon)
13) Scratch Brewing Company Fig Leaf Porter
14) Omnipollo Magnus Opus
15) Crooked Stave/OMNI WWB Raspberry Bianca
16) Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Surette Reserva Sour Cherry
17) Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co / Other Half Heading West (Gin BA)
18) Blackberry Farm Wild Classic Saison
19) Blackberry Farm Wild Classic Saison Mango
20) Blackberry Farm Wild Classic Saison Plum
*subject to change

1) Bearded Iris Brewing Ever Clever*
2) Bearded Iris Red Handed*
3) Bearded Iris Double Vision
4) Bearded Iris Jigsaw
5) Bearded Iris Double Homestyle*
6) Bearded Iris Attention Please*
7) Bearded Iris Entangled
*(DDH: Double Dry Hopped)

— Cantillon Fou Foune
— Cantillon Iris
(both bottles are extremely limited / sold on first come first serve basis)

Special pours:
— Cantillon Lambic — Armagnac Barrel
— Cantillon Lambic — Sixth Use Barrel
— Cantillon Lambic — Meursault Barrel

1. on the coffee rocket: Off Color Brewing Coffee DinoS'mores
2. Stillwater The Cloud
3. Sünner Kölsch
4. Paulaner Hefeweizen
5. Aspall Blush
6. Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berlinner Weisse


— We will start passing Zwanze 2017 to ticket holders at 2:45 pm. Stay where you are, we will come to you! Everyone who has a ticket will have Zwanze in hand by 3pm.

— The international toast will happen promptly at 3pm (must be present with ticket, otherwise you will not be served). Michael Minton, who is writing the toast for the sixth year in a row, will be reading from the gralegarten staircase balcony right at 3pm. You will be able to hear the toast in the gralegarten and inside Holy Grale.

As a tradition, we serve some rare bottles at Zwanze day. There is a very limited amount of bottles available and they will be sold starting at 8am in the gralegarten. 1 bottle per person, CASH ONLY. Do not be rude if you do not get what you want. The early bird gets the worm and those who arrive earliest will have first opportunity to purchase select bottles and rightfully so.

We will have Cantillon Zwanze Day T-shirts available for $15 (cash only). Shirts will be sold in the gralegarten (right outside Holy Grales back door).

Both Holy Grale and Gralehaus are serving food this year starting at 8am so you will have plenty of breakfast and lunch menu options ranging from $5-$15.

The Holy Grale menu can be ordered inside Holy Grale at the main bar and choir loft bar.

The Gralehaus menu can be ordered inside Gralehaus. Coffee/espresso and non-alcoholic beverages are available at gralehaus also! Gralehaus is located directly behind Holy Grale, connected to the otherside of the gralegarten, door on left side backside of building

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who is intoxicated or impaired due to alcohol consumption. We are happy to call you a cab or better yet — please have a designated driver or ride arranged to get you home (or to the next stop) safely.

Sorry to have so many of them, we don’t like them either — but due to the heavy volume of this event, rules are necessary to help ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of this special event. With limited tickets, draft and bottle beers, we do our best to design everything to be as fair as possible.


— NOLA — Adelaïde
— Bitter Phew — Sydney

— Tribaun — Innsbruck

— Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
— Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
— Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
— Rose Red — Brugge

— Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
— Birreria Volo — Toronto, Ontario
— Bells and Whistles – Vacouver, British Columbia

— Himmeriget — Copenhagen

— La Fine Mousse — Paris
— La Capsule — Lille
— Brasserie du Mont-Salève – Neydens
— Au Poêle de la Bête — Toulouse

— Stadin Panimo Baari – Helsinki

— Café Herman – Berlin
— Mon Petit Café — Stuttgard

— Kernel Brewery – Bermondsey
[email protected] 101 — Manchester
— Six° North – Aberdeen
— Moore Brewery — Bristol

— Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
— The Dome — Nembro
— LambicZoon — Milano
— The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
— Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
— Ottavonano — Atripalda
— TryBeer Room – Castiglione d’Adda

— 3 Locations

— De Bierkoning — Amsterdam

— Garage Project – Wellington
— “Nogne O” — Oslo

— Masia Agullons — Sant Joan de Mediona

— Zum Franziskaner-- Stockholm

— Bière Café Au Trappiste — Bern

– Anchorage Brewing Company — Anchorage, Alaska
– Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
– Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
– Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
– Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
– Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
– De Garde Brewing — Tillamook, Oregon
– Fools Gold NY — Manhattan, New York
– Green Bench Brewing — St. Petersburg, Florida
– Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
– Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
– Jolly Pumpkin Brewery — Dexter, Michigan
– Laser Wolf — Fort Lauderdale, Florida
– Mikkeller Bar SF — San Fransisco, California
– Monk’s Cafe — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
– The Porter Beer Bar — Atlanta, Georgia
– REAL a gastropub — Honolulu, Hawaii
– Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
– Schera’s Restaurant and Bar — Elkader, Iowa
– Seymour, the pub — Greenfield, Massachusetts
– Side Project Brewing Cellar — Maplewood, Missouri
– Slow Boat Tavern — Seattle, Washington
– The Sovereign — Washington D.C.
– Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
– Thin Man Brewery — Buffalo, New-York
– Trillium Brewing Company — Canton, Massachusetts
– West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois

A very special thanks to those who make this event possible: Brasserie Cantillon (for making such lovely, timeless beer), Shelton Brothers Importers, Dauntless Distributing, the entire Holy Grale and gralehaus family who rock it out every day, but especially this very special day, and Hound Dog Press who makes us those super cool handmade tickets every year!
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