Last night we tried something a little different for Happy Hour...gotta keep those regulars on their toes! Instead of pairing three cheeses with three beers, we paired three cheeses with one beer. Using Cigar City's Jai Alai, we explored how one style of beer reacts differently to different styles of cheese. Forcing ourselves to think outside the box, we discovered some successful pairings in places we least expected to find them.
Many thanks to Gordon and Curt from Nodding Head Brewery for bringing three outstanding beers to play with. Of course, they seem to find themselves here every Wednesday night, regardless of brewery, so the only real difference is that they now stood on the other side of the counter. Anyway, onto the pairings.
Thank you to Brian McConnell, brewmaster of the King of Prussia Rock Bottom Brewery, for bringing some growlers by for last week’s happy hour. Lets get right to the fun stuff: Saison d’Ete with Ticklemore: This Saison had all the characteristics we expected, and many we did not. The usual notes of yeast and lemon […]
Fegley’s Brew Works have been producing world class beer in the Lehigh Valley since 1998, but have only been bottling for wholesale since 2009. Only in the last year have their beers show up on Philadelphia taps, but we predict that once they get firmly established, they are going to take off. Brewmaster Beau and […]
Last week we welcomed back Bear to represent Southampton beers. They were, as usual, delicious, and we came up with some funky pairings. Double White with Tumin Rutulin: At first glance, this soft color of this beer might imply a mild taste, but this Southampton original is brewed with oats, coriander and orange peel. Bolder […]
Last night we had the very distinct pleasure of having the Beer Lass herself, Suzanne Woods, join us to present Sly Fox beers. Sly Fox is (re)pioneering beers in cans, and Suzy was showing off four of them last night. Lets get to it. Royal Weisse with Queso Leonora: A traditional, Bavarian-style wheat beer made […]
Wednesday night we were happy to have Victory Brewing join us for a second time. Pete was good enough to volunteer his time and pour some outrageously good beer, and we came up with some pretty rocking pairings. Lets get to it! Whirlwind Witbier with Andante Dairy Largo: Whirlwind is made with an imported Belgian […]
Last night we reached a bit beyond the “local” theme of our Happy Hour to Longmont, Colorado, home of Left Hand Brewing. Thanks to Dan for braving Flyer’s traffic to get down here and sample some high-quality libations. Here is what we did with them: Sawtooth Ale with Trugole: This American-Style ESB is nutty, caramely […]
Many thanks to Peter “Bear” Brett for coming by on short notice to represent Lancaster Brewing Company on Wednesday. If you don’t know Bear, come by next week when he will be helping out Roy Pitz Brewing. He is a joy of a human being, and is chocked full of knowledge and a willingness to […]