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Monday Just Got Mad: Monk’s Tapping Rare Beers and Raffling Off Amazing Prizes For Charity

Tom Peter behind the bar at Monk's
Tom Peter behind the bar at Monk’s Photo: Courtesy GPTMC

Tom Peters has put together a pretty impressive lineup of rare and highly coveted beers for today’s Columbus Day edition of Mad Monday at Monk’s. This time around, proceeds from beers poured and the prize packages being raffled off will be donated to Sutter Breast Cancer Care Center in Santa Rosa, CA. It’s the charity of choice for Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo, the team behind Sonoma County’s cult brewery Russian River. And that brings us to the next point: The Pliny the Elder/Younger makers have ponied up nine barrels of their highly sought after beers, including two vintages of its Supplication American wild ale, plus another brew that’s making its East Coast debut. The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m., and raffle tickets and rare beers are cash only. Monk’s hopes to raise $10,000. Keep reading for the full tap list.

Russian River beers on tap today include the following:

Supplication 2011
Supplication 2012
Blind Pig
Pliny the Elder

In addition to those beers, Monk’s will also tap Russain River’s Framboise For A Cure. It’s the third in a series of of once-a-year framboise style ales brewed specifically to help raise money for breast cancer care and counseling. The brewery’s Temptation ale is the beer’s base, but it underwent oak aging, and was refermented with wild yeast and locally sourced raspberries. Drafts of it will go for $10.

Along with the special brew, Monk’s also secured 24 bottles of Russian River’s seldom seen Toronado 25th Anniversary, a blend of six different beers, including strong pale ale, strong dark ale, pale ale with currants, blonde ale, baltic porter, and Sonambic, a spontaneously fermented beer. Bottles will be available $50 a piece, and must be consumed on premises.

To generate more cash for today’s charity, Monk’s will also raffle off a series of generous packages of rare, one-of-a-kind, and unusual beer. Raffle tickets are $10. Only 100 tickets for each package will be sold. Like the special beers on offer, raffle tickets are cash only too. Details on the packages follow.

RAFFLE #1 - Lambics
Cantillon Gueuze 1998
Cantillon Monk’s Café Gueuze
Cantillon Iris 1996
Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - 375ml
Cantillon Zwanze 2009
Cantillon Zwanze 2010
De Cam Geuze bottled 2007
Drie Fonteinen Geuze 1999
Drie Fonteinen J&J; Geuze Blauw
Drie Fonteinen Malvasia Grapes
Drie Fonteinen Doesjet - 375ml
Drie Fonteinen Schaarbeeske Kriek
Toer de Geuze 2011 Horal’s Oude Geuze
(it’s the “Mega Blend” from 8 lambic makers)

RAFFLE #2 - Belgian Trappiste
750 ml
Chimay Grand Reserve 1991
Chimay Grand Reserve 1992
Chimay Grand Reserve 1994
Chimay Grand Reserve 1995
Chimay Grand Reserve 1999

Not 750 ml
Orval - Feb 1992
Orval - Aug 2009
Orval - 2012
Rochefort 6
Rochefort 8
Rochefort 10
Westmalle Double
Westmalle Triple
Westvleteren XII six pack w/glassware

RAFFLE #3 - Home Sweet Homebrew Kit
Home Sweet Homebrew owner George Hummel will provide you with a complete homebrew kit and ingredients for your first batch and, you get a copy of his “The Complete Homebrew Beer Book”

plus amazing beer to inspire you
Stuise Black Mes Black Damnation III (Caol Ila)
Stuise Cuvee Delphine (Four Roses)
Struise Kalbert (Port)
DeMolen Tsarina Esra (Cognac)
DeMolen Heaven & Hell
DeMolen Cease & Desist
DeMolen / Struise Black Damnation 666
Victory Storm King 1998
Thomas Hardy 1994
Firestone Walker Parabola
Hülimann Smichlaus 1989
Arcadia XV (w/cherries in a wine barrel)
Arcadia 15 (w/cherries ina bourbon barrel)

RAFFLE #4 - Allagash Gives You Wood(s)
Lunch on Allagash with the amazing Suzy Woods.
Allagash Brewery will pick up the tab. Everybody loves them some Suzy.

And if that is not enough, you will walk away with a treasure trove of wood aged Allagash beers.
Allagash Coolship Balaton 
Allagash Coolship Red 
Allagash Coolship Resurgam 
Allagash Ghoulschip
Allagash Confluence 2009
Allagash Curieux 2012
Allagash Interlude 2008
Allagash Interlude 2009
Allagash Mattina Rossa
Allagash Odyssey 2009
Allagash Odyssey 2010
Allagash Odyssey 2011

Monday Just Got Mad: Monk’s Tapping Rare Beers and Raffling Off Amazing