Feeling the effects of these frigid Fredericton snowstorms? King Street Ale House has just the cure!
King Street Ale House will host its first “Hygge” event on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event celebrates the Danish approach to getting cozy in the winter with an evening of seasonal beer and oysters.
“The whole concept of Hygge is appealing, as it does not really seem to translate into English—but we think it will be a fun night,” said Doug Williams, King Street Ale House owner, in reference to “hygge”—a Scandinavian word used to describe a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness that comes with feelings of wellness and contentment.
“And with recent weather, it is kind of the time to do it,” he said.
The pub, located just a block down the street from King’s Place Mall, will open its doors at 5 p.m. for the event—which will feature Boss Gibson Oysters from the Cocagne area of New Brunswick, prepared in different ways and paired with a selection of stouts, saisons and smoked beers.
According to Williams, King Street Ale House has previously hosted other themed events—but mainly around beer styles. These have run from educational to social topics, but “usually a bit of both,” he admitted.
The Jan. 18 “Hygge” event will also be joined by a farmer from Boss Gibson Oysters to speak about their oysters.
The Atlantic Canadian company prides itself on its inception story. According to their webpage, Founder William “Boss” Gibson, a well-known merchant from the Atlantic Coast, was a local legend, a business pioneer and a visionary.
He was famous for sitting every Friday night at the bar and buying rounds for everyone in attendance while carrying a box of oysters in his left underarm. When he left the bar in the early hours of the morning, he would leave a trail of oyster shells, which led neighbours say to one another, “Boss Gibson, that oyster eatin’ bastard.”
The King Street Ale House’s “Hygge: Winter Beer and Oysters” event tickets are sold through Eventbrite at $55 each. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m on Thursday, Jan. 18. Williams, the pub’s owner, said the event welcomes university students and anyone interested.
“Must be 19 years old, no other real requirement,” he said.