Wednesday, November 19, 2008

12 Beers & Food Pairings

A week ago, my friend Whitney hosted a special night for home made foods complimenting home made beers. Though freezing outside, and a bit chilly inside, we soon warmed up as the tasting moved along. There were 9 of us all together, and most everyone contributed something to the table. It was a wonderful and relaxing evening, one that I hope to have time and time again.

I brought 11 of my own beers, plus Sierra Nevada's seasonal "Wet Hop" ale. Having so many different types of food at the table made beer pairings fun. We had sweet rice stuffed acorn squash, collard greens, slaw style beet salad with creamy dressing, home made crackers, cheeses, truffles, corn bread, gingerbread, and more.

I took a shot of Yvonne's tasting sheet, and below you can see the lineup of beers. I debuted the 5 flavored beers, which were all well received. Everyone liked the Mint Stout. But then we moved onto the right column of heavy hitters, and about the time the Belgian Tripel came around, a nice robust chatter among the group was an obvious indication of steadily rising intoxication. Much happiness at that point.

Anyways...overall it was a great time. Everyone had their favorites, and surprisingly they were all so random. I especially enjoy sharing my beers with good folks like these and plan to host many more in the near future. Cheers!


Adam said...

What a great idea! They were lucky to have so many brews from you. I can't keep more than a couple on hand at a time.

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Travis said...

Good stuff! I have to say, you have the food and beer thing down. I want to try that wet hops beer, sounds interesting. I still have a few of your beers to try out. Now that I am bag on the horse with homebrewing and blogging, I'll write some posts.