Thursday, September 18, 2014
Mister Brown’s Barber + Shop + Social in North Park. BROGEN JESSUP
I don’t remember this from my medieval history class at Cal, but Affligem was created in 1074 when six knights of the Holy Roman Empire swapped their swords for monk’s robes and a brew kettle. A recent party at a swank North Park barbershop took Affligem Blonde’s distant roots and applied a hip sheen. Mister Brown’s, the private event’s site, has a luxe speakeasy vibe – the 1920s chairs were acquired for a mere $7,000 apiece – with weathered brick walls, hardwood floors and a pool table. The night featured a strong trio playing Beatles tunes; tasty morsels from Kurt Metzger, chef/owner of Kitchen 4140; and Affligem’s “body and soul” ritual.
(Affligem is bottled with live yeast. The “body” is the first 90 percent of the bottle, poured at a 45-degree angle into a goblet. The yeasty “soul” is swirled and then poured into a smaller glass.)
The party, noted Cris Harrington, Affligem’s San Diego ambassador, blended old and new, tradition and innovation.
Amen. It also reminded us that some ancient ales still have something fresh to say about good beer.