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ENBF: 10 Days & Counting

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The East Nashville Beer Festival is but 10 short days away. If you didn't already know, Woodland Wine Merchant will be there in style this year. We'll have 10 taps flowing, rotating through more than 20 of Europe's finest brews. Plus, a mammoth surprise you won't want to miss. To whet your appetite, I'm going to post a beer a day for the next 10 days. So check back and get a little taste of what we're up to. You will not be disappointed.

First, a bit of ephemera from the past to get us going:

No, Heineken will not be present at the ENBF, but I do hope my beer glass rings so pure as theirs. Cheers, ya'll!

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I'll start with a beer that's only available in bottles (we'll have some on hand to taste). It's a special seasonal brew from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren, "Saison D'Erpe-Mere Lentebier." If you know their year-round D'Erpe-Mere then your mouth is already watering. This version sees a more vigorous fermentation with more sugars and yeasts to create a whopping 9.0% beer. It's hopped in the boil using the same spicy Hellertaur hops as it's little sister, but then "late-hopped" with hop flowers near the end of conditioning to give it that special Lent season flavor. And of course, it's bottle conditioned. Just hit our shelves this week (750ml - $15).

Rich but dry with lots of fruity and spicy esters. It wears its hefty 9% ABV like an unbuttoned coat. The freshness just keeps billowing up inside. Perfect for early spring.