Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Samichlaus Beer & Dinner Event

The recent Brasserie Beck newsletter brings word of an interesting, if pricey, Samichlaus beer dinner. I was fortunate to taste some vintage Samichlaus recently and enjoyed it quite a bit.
On Tuesday, June 3rd, Brasserie Beck holds its first-ever Beer Dinner featuring Samiclaus Vintages and the last known keg of 1997 Hurlimann Samichlaus in existence. The five-course dinner will include bottled vintages from 2000 to 2004 and 2006-2007, a 2005 keg and the 1997 that was keged at the Hurlimann Brewery in Zurich Switzerland.

Samiclaus is known as one of the strongest lager beers in the world with 14% alcohol by volume. The pours between the dinner courses will be approximately 2 oz. each and paired with robust Brasserie Beck menu items of Pork Belly, Duck Confit, Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, Cheese Course and a Dessert with a beer reduction.

The evening’s guest speaker will be Karl Stohr, seventh generation owner of the Eggenberger brewery in Vorchdorf, Austria and also attended by Martin Wetten of Wetten Importers, Inc.

Dinner Details: $110 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 7pm at Brasserie Beck, 1101 K Street, Washington, DC 20005 Reservations by credit card only by calling 202-408-1717 Seating is limited. Valet parking available for $7.

The coveted 1997 keg will be available for sale at the bar after the June 3rd dinner.

As fun as it sounds, I'll have to pass on this one. However, since some of my friends are Samichlaus fans and drink it often, I figure we could have our own country version of this event. Samichlaus goes well with roasted peanuts, and I have both 2006 and 2007 vintages available. I'm estimating $5.00 a head should about cover it!

Samichlaus, Samiclaus, two spellings, one good beer.


  1. Where in Denver can one purchase Samichlaus? We're planning a trip up next month & are hoping to acquire some of this amber nectar to age for a couple of years to enjoy on those cold winter evenings. Can't seem to find any for sale here in the Land of Enchantment!

  2. Be advised it may be late in the year to still find it on shelves, which is why you may not find it in your stores. Your best bet is to check the beer store listings for Denver on or and call ahead. I'm an occasional visitor, not resident of Denver so can't give you any specifics.

  3. Even the best connected stores here in ABQ have no idea what I'm talking about when I mention Samichlaus. As far as I know, there are only 5 distributors licensed statewide, which might explain it. May also be a problem with state liquor laws here, due to the high alcohol content.

    I'll check those other resources, thanks.

  4. the best bet would be Cost Plus World Market..


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