Shaking The Family Tree – The 2017 CBC Symposium Ale

CBC Symposium-BeerEach year the Brewers Association works with the local state guild to create the Symposium Ale that’s gifted to Craft Brewers Conference attendees and treasured by beer-traders and collectors all around the world!

In 2016 when the CBC was in Philly, seven of the region’s craft breweries banded together to brew Brotherly Suds: a rye-accented Maibock with Pennsylvanian Germanic that is still commanding attention on the beer trading circuit.

This year’s host city, Washington, DC afforded the sensational opportunity to collaborate with three of the region’s craft beer guilds (Virginia, Maryland and DC) and involve an interesting mix of the area’s best craft breweries.

And this year’s Symposium Ale is already showing black market action as well– and with good reason – it’s an exotic creation with a great backstory.

Family Tree is this year’s Symposium offering.

It’s a refreshing and lightly herbal 6% ABV Belgian Pale, that was brewed by a band of brothers and misfits, from five different breweries, who all got their start at the Frederick, Maryland-based powerhouse, Flying Dog Brewing.

Here are this year’s partners in crime…

  • Ben Clark, Flying Dog (Frederick, MD)
  • Ben Little, Manor Hill Brewing (Ellicott City, MD)
  • Larry Pomerantz, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery (Leesburg, VA)
  • Keith Kohr, Waredaca Brewing (Gaithersburg, MD)
  • Jeff Hancock, DC Brau (Washington, DC)

And as we’ve said Family Tree has already started to show up on the beer-trading market, but if you really care about beer you’d be making a huge mistake to not enjoy this one-of-kind limited release yourself if you’re lucky enough to be holding one,

After all, this is family…

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