Next week, New York City’s hippest borough will launch its second annual Brooklyn Sour Beer Fest. The kickoff event takes place on Wednesday, September 14 at Mission Dolores, possibly Brooklyn’s most unassumingly world-class beer bar touting a destination-worthy draft list in a space that maintains a decidedly understated neighborhood vibe. Leading the event, called “The Sours of Belgium,” is Brooklyn Sour Fest founder and Mission Dolores beer buyer, Crimson Krier-Glading.
Krier-Glading knows a thing or two about securing Belgian sours. Last year, she quietly stunned locals at her Park Slope/Gowanus pub by securing a rare keg of Cantillon Iris for Mission Dolores’s fifth anniversary celebration – a monumental feat in the United States where demand for Cantillon has skyrocketed while the amount actually imported has tapered. “Pouring Cantillon – of any variety – on tap is every craft beer buyer's dream,” said Krier-Glading. Sadly, she says no such surprise Cantillon sighting will occur for the kickoff event (unless she’s being extra coy), but before we delved into this year’s beer fest, I had to ask her: How does one go about securing one of the hard to get kegs in the United States?
“Patience, good planning and a commitment to good beer,” Krier-Glading explained, before adding the aside, “or really, I simply asked nicely, waited and never got my hopes up.”