Thursday, 21 January 2010 00:00

Boulevard Uncorks First Collaboration Brew, Collaboration No. 1

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KANSAS CITY, MO (January 2010) Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest's largest craft brewer, today announced the unveiling of a new, limited release collaboration beer. Only 11,000 750ml bottles of Collaboration No. 1, an Imperial Pilsner, will make it to store shelves throughout the brewery's entire distribution area. The beer is the first in Boulevard's Smokestack Collaboration Series, a collection that combines the experience and expertise of celebrated brewers to produce a single unique batch of beer.
For the inaugural offering, Boulevard's brewmaster Steven Pauwels partnered with Jean-Marie Rock, brewmaster at world-renowned Orval, a Trappist brewery located in southern Belgium. The ingredients and techniques used to brew the Imperial Pilsner were based on an old recipe from early in Rock's career, producing a dry, crisp beer with a refined hop aroma and flavor.

"It has been a great honor to work with Jean-Marie, an icon of Belgian brewing, on our first Collaboration beer," said Pauwels. "The choice to revive this Pilsner with just four ingredients - a single malt, Saaz hops, water, and lager yeast - made it technically very challenging. Rock's knowledge and expertise along with the dedication of the entire Boulevard brewing team have made this a wonderful beer."
Boulevard Brewing is commemorating the introduction of the special lager by bringing Jean-Marie Rock back to Kansas City. The two brewmasters will visit Boulevard retailers throughout Greater Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas, with a public event at Lawrence's new Oread Hotel scheduled for January 18th.

About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to be the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard's portfolio of six year-round and five seasonal beers are available in a 17-state region stretching from Utah to Alabama, and from North Dakota to Texas.
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