Billed as the world’s first beer created to accompany a spirit, the idea for the collaboration originated with local freelance writer, barista, mixologist and magician Jacob Grier. His goal was to create the perfect beer to drink with Bols Genever, served neat in the traditional Dutch tulip glass – a combo known as Kopstootje (pronounced kop-stow-che) and a common Dutch tradition found in every bar in The Netherlands.
Literally translated as a “little head butt”, a Kopstootje is the Dutch take on a “beer and a shot,” famously enjoyed by sipping from a tulip glass filled with Bols Genever and paired with a beer. With the ritual of the bartenders filling up the tulip glass to the absolute rim, the drinker bends forward to slurp off the top of the genever and then take the first sip of beer. It’s a ritual that is becoming very popular in the United States with the recent reintroduction of Bols Genever.
The beer Upright has created falls into the biere de garde classification, but with the addition of some of the same botanicals used in creating Bols Genever. For more on the beer and the inspiration read The New School‘s write up: A New Class of Beer.
The tasting takes place at Circa 33 (3348 SE Belmont) on Friday, April 1st from 5pm until 8pm.