Porter vs. Porter

<div class=\"postavatar\">Porter vs. Porter</div>

So where was I? I know, amigos, it’s been a hot minute. I’m one of those
people who either has nothing going on, or a million things going on and
I’m afraid it’s been the latter these past few months. I’ve been
drinking my fair share of fine, malted beverages, but haven’t had the
room to report upon them.

Fortunately, things appear to be settling down.  Therefore, here I am!
The most recent beers in my mug were at an Ale Dinner party that I went
to last night. We had five lovely courses, each paired with an equally
lovely beer. My course was dessert, and so I made my tried and true
flourless chocolate cake (always a hit at the Seders). I brought with me
some Bell’s Porter. The party also featured Founders’ Porter (paired
with the roast beef–nice!), and so I decided to do a side-by-side
comparison of the two.

Founders’ Porter – this is a rich, smooth beer. It’s about as perfect of
a porter as I could ask for.  It has chocolate notes to it, a hit of
coffee, and is balanced by the bittering hops.  Having said that though,
it was not (for me anyway) perfect for the cake.  I am not a huge
chocolate fan, and it was just too much. This porter went much better
with the roast beef.

Bell’s Porter – This is also a fine example of a porter. I found it not
as chocolately or coffee-y (?). The dark malts balanced with the hops, a
little more on the bitter side than the malty side. In this way, it made
a much better match with the chocolate cake, as I didn’t feel an
overload. The slight bitter taste balanced the sweet deliciousness of my
cake.

So there you have it! Two great porters that pair better with different courses. Looking forward  to more, as winter slowly creeps in.

On a personal note, I want to thank my friends Kevin & Jnaz for their infinite patience with me these past few months. I’m glad to be back!

Short’s Beer Dinner at Sidetracks

<div class=\"postavatar\">Short's Beer Dinner at Sidetracks</div>

Last night, Jeff & I went to a burger and Short’s beer tasting at Sidetracks in Ypsilanti.  We love their food and would go any time, but the lure of Short’s was just too much to resist.  Sidetracks (actually, the event was at Frenchie’s) was awesome–they did a super job of pairing beer and food that complimented each other.  Without further ado, here is what we sampled last night:

The appetizer was acorn squash baked with apple cider paired with Autumn Ale.  This beer was an ESB with a delicious malty mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste. It went perfectly with the squash. I normally do not care for squash but when I took a bite and then swished beer in my mouth, I found it quite enjoyable.

Next, we a mac’n’cheese “burger”, which was Sidetracks’ mac’n’cheese (mmmmm) with ground up beef in it (#kosherfail).  This was paired with Short’s Bloody Beer that I have heard a ton about but never tried.  It was good, but not at all what I expected. I think I expected it to taste more like Mike O’Brien’s chips’n’salsa beer.  This beer had a nose that was all tomatoes, but not a huge tomato-y taste.  I could pick out a hint of the dill, peppercorn and horseradish that was also used in the recipe.

The third course was Short’s Black Cherry Porter with a black cherry & goat cheese burger.  I do not like goat cheese (email me privately to hear my rather off-color description of what it tastes like) so I had to scrape it off.  This made it a #notkosherfail! Unfortunately, the black cherries were also in the cheese so I missed out on that.  What I didn’t miss out on though was the beer! Do not be scared off of this beer, thinking it’s a “fruit” beer because it doesn’t taste like what you might be thinking of.  It is made with pureed black cherries and does have a nice cherry aftertaste.  The overwhelming taste, however, is that of a robust and delicious porter.

Next, we had Abnormal Genius and a peanut butter and bacon burger.  Naturally, I had to pick the bacon out (#kosherwin!) but the remaining food was still lovely.  Peanut butter and meat, who’d have thunk it?  Again, the beer was a perfect match.  Made with honey and sunflower seeds, brewed in 2006 and named after Joe Short himself, this beer is incredible. It smelled like a mead, tasted like a beer.  There was a nice hit of honey up front that quickly mellowed into a nutty flavor.

Lastly, we had a baked pear with ginger creme paired with Ginger in the Rye.  This beer was my favorite of the night, much to my surprise. I am not a huge fan of ginger (unless it’s Vernors) and so I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.  Brewed in 2007, this beer has Hefe yeast and (of course) plenty of rye and ginger.  It was on the lighter side, without the heavy ginger flavor that I don’t care for.

By the way, I did bring my camera but I was starving and thirsty and everything got eaten and drank up too quickly for pictures. But you all are smart and can use your imagination.  Or heck, take a drive up to Short’s and try some of these beers for yourself!

Detroit Beer Week! (Oct 16-23)

<div class=\"postavatar\">Detroit Beer Week! (Oct 16-23)</div>

In only its second year in existence, the people over at Detroit Beer Week are making quite a buzz for, well, Detroit Beer Week. Established last year to hold events at local bars, restaurants, galleries during the week preceding the Eastern Market Fall beer Festival. This year, the organization has just recently released its events for the week of October 16-23. The events are listed below (thanks kalamabrew), and a link to their facebook page can be found here.

The Eastern Market Fall Beer Festival will take place on 10/23 from 1-6 pm (Michigan Brewers Guild Members can enter at noon). Over 40 breweries will be present with an expected 200+ beers to sample. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and can be purchased online, or at participating breweries throughout south east Michigan.

Oct. 16
Tap: Detroit
Time: 7 p.m.-midnight
Where: St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 East Congress St.
Details: Tasting stations from eight local restaurants with dishes created specifically to pair with Michigan-brewed beers, rare beer cellar tasting, Michigan Spirits Lounge. A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated to Pints for Prostates campaign.
Tickets: $35 (main event) and $55 (all-access).

Oct. 17
Whiskey and beer
Time: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Ye Olde Tap Room, 14915 Charlevoix
More information: Take a look at the history of this Prohibition-era bar.

Oct. 18
Slows-Bar-BQ happy hour
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Slows Bar-B-Que, 2138 Michigan Ave.

Oct. 19
Cliff Bells beer dinner featuring Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. and Dragonmead Microbrewery
Time: 9-11:30 p.m.
Where: Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave.
Cost: $30
Details: Four courses and beer pairings with brewers. Reservations are recommended.
More information: Call 313-961-2543.

Oct. 21
BIKE-toberfest: Detroit brewing, past and present
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Details: Detroit cycling beer enthusiast, Bil Lusa, will take you on a tour of Detroit’s historical and current breweries. Explore Traffic Jam & Snug, Motor City Brewing, historic brewery buildings of Eastern Market, Atwater Block Brewery and more. Bike rental available. Depart from Detroit Beer Co.
More information: Email Lusa at lusab@brewingnews.com.

Beer vs. wine cheese pairing
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Motor City Wines, 608 Woodward Ave

New Holland Brewing night
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave.
Details: New Holland Brewing Co. takes over Grand Trunk.

Oct. 22
Foxtown/Park Ave. pub crawl
Time: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Various locations – Park Bar, Cliff Bells, Rub BBQ Pub, Hard Luck Lounge, State Bar, Hockeytown Cafe, The Town Pump Tavern, Centaur
Details: $10 wristband will get you drink and food specials and waive cover at each location. A Detroit Beer Week representative will be selling wristbands at each location.

Oct. 23
Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Official Detroit Fall Beer Festival after party
Time: 6 p.m. – midnight
Where: Atwater Block Brewery, 237 Joseph Campau St.

Oct. 24
Sunday “Bloody Mary” Sunday
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street Bar, 701 West Forest Ave.
Details: Bloody Mary bar, breakfast items

New Holland Comes to Blissfield

This event has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

The Main Street Stable and Tavern in Blissfield is hosting a New Holland beer dinner on Saturday the 6th of February. Blissfield is obviously English for field of happiness and what could be more blissful than to have New Holland’s The Poet with a first class meal. It would be like having Baby Jesus fall a sleep on your lap.

Here are the event details from http://www.newhollandbrew.com/. I could find nothing on Main Street Stable and Tavern’s website so please phone ahead.

We are very excited to announce that our friends at The Main Street Stable and Tavern are putting on a New Holland beer dinner with a cocktail reception featuring our Artisan Spirits.

New Holland’s Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann and Spirited Advisor Rich Blair will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our beer and spirits.

We will post the menu as soon as we get the details so keep checking back.

The price of the dinner is $45 per person including tax and gratuity. To make reservations contact The Main Street Stable at (517) 486-2141.

Summer Beer Dinner Featuring Dragonmead at Opus One in Detroit

Summer Beer Dinner
Opus One & Dragonmead Brewing Company

Location: Opus One – 565 E. Larned Detroit Mi 48226
Date: Friday, July 24th – 6 p.m.
Price: $45.00

Info: Join Opus One as we present: A Menu Crafted by our Executive Sous Chef Jeffrey Stein. A selection of Beers from Award Winning Dragonmead Brewing Company and a special guest presentation from Bill Wrobel Owner of Dragonmead.

Menu:

Apertif
Crown Jewels IPA 7.0%abv

First Course
Arugula Salad
Fresh Oregon blueberries, apple-wood smoked bacon, Chevre cheese, and stone ground mustard crostini with malt vinegar-bacon vinaigrette
Castlebrite Apricot Wheat Ale 4.7%abv

Second Course
Honey-Chile Glazed Quail
Sweet pea infused steel cut oats, patty pan squash cranberry moutard
Guinevere’s Golden Elixir Belgian Ale5.5%abv

Third Course
Grilled Hanger Steak
Peppercorn rosti potatoes with charred tomato and haricot vert sage brown butter
Bishop Bob’s Holy Smoke 4.9%abv

Fourth Course
Espresso Panna Cotta
Bitter chocolate paint and caramelized figs
Russian Imperial Stout 7.5%abv


Call Now for Reservations Space is Limited: (313) 961-7766 Press 1 for Reservations


Big Bear Lodge Releases Beer Dinner Schedule

Big Bear Lodge puts on some great beer dinners. We have been to  the Arbor Brewing Co. (wsg Matt and Rene Greff) and the Founders Brewing Co (wsg Dave Engbers) dinners.  They put a lot of effort into these dinners and I highly recommend them. Especially if you are in Monroe County, Big Bear Lodge is the closest restaurant putting on dinners like these.

We will definitely be at the New Holland event.

 

 Big Bear Lodge
Spring Beer Dinner Series

Looking for a night out different from the usual movie or mall stop?

Why not join us at the Lodge for a fun evening featuring a multi course dinner with artisan crafted beers to match

This spring were proud to present Premium Irish Whiskeys and Beer as well asTwo Michigan Breweries

We’ve invited  beer experts to share their knowledge and we’re planning a menu to match each

So gather your friends and  join us for  some great beers, great food
and lots of FUN!

Dinners begin at 7pm and end approximately 9pm

 
Spring Dates:

March 17        Irish Whiskey and Beer Dinner
                       (who says the Irish live on beer alone?)
April 23           Atwater Brewery (Detroit, MI)
May 21            New Holland Brewery (Holland, MI)
*Look for e-mail with menus soon
 

$46.50 per person   Teetotaler (food only) $35.00