The Urbain exchange: Struise meets the Midwest

April 24th, 2011 posted by lori

The Urbain exchange: Struise meets the Midwest

On May 2nd, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers (rated 2010’s #1 Belgian brewery by Rate Beer) will begin an exciting journey through the Midwest, hosted and organized by friends and fans, Tyler Trotter and Lori Beck (owners of Louisville Beer Store and Holy Grale, located in Louisville Kentucky.) Special dates include brew days with colleagues and friends at Three Floyds Brewery (Munster, IN) Half Acre w/ Pipeworks Brewing Co. (Chicago, IL), and New Albanian Brewing Co. (New Albany, IN) as well as a trip to the famous Kentucky Derby, Louisville, KY’s own Kelvin Cooperage, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The mission of this adventure is to encourage the exchange of ideas and inspiration resulting in innovative, creative, and unique beers that reflect the shared experiences and culture of the great Midwest and result in deeper exploration into the craft brewing process. Struise’s website:

The Itinerary:

Monday, May 2nd – Arrive in Chicago for a meet and greet at West Lakeview Liquors at 5pm.

Tuesday, May 3rd – Brew day at Three Floyds Brewery. Beer being brewed: Belgian IPA

Wednesday May 4th – Brew day at Half Acre with Pipeworks Brewing Co.
Beer being brewed: Barrel-aged Wild Ale

Thursday, May 5th – Bourbon & Barrels: visit the Kentucky Bourbon country and Kelvin Cooperage

Friday, May 6th – Oaks day at Churchill Downs, followed by “DUB & GRUB” party at Louisville Beer Store – featuring Jamaican food by Dirk Woods and music by World Force Reggae (Basil & Ibuka); specials guests from Struise, 3 Floyds, Founders Brewing Co. Special tap line up from Struise, Founders, Three Floyds, and others, TBA

Saturday, May 7th – Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs followed by the 1st annual Beer Ball at Holy Grale. Featuring 20 selects draft beers from Struise, Three Floyds, and many others. Line-up TBA; RSVP required – email names in party to:

Sunday, May 8th – Brewday at NABC Bank Street Brewhouse. Beer being brewed: Mint Julep DIPA

Monday, May 9th – Brewday at NABC Grantline Brewery followed by Office Hours with the Publican and guest host, Urbain Coutteau.

This info can be found at:


Holy Grale 1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204

Louisville Beer Store 746 East Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 502.569.BEER /

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