Comfort food, Great friends, Amazing beer...BEAT THAT
We started a little later than we originally wanted, but it gave people a chance to visit and have a taste of the Breakwater Wheat, brewed with corriander and orange peel, it was a great pairing for some beer and pistachio battered onion rings.
Then came the Stout. The SHS is lighted and easy to drink, yet still pairs has some characteristics that REALLY work well with red meat. The Carpacchio was light, yet rich...somehow....don't ask me how. the carpacchio had home-made yellow ketchup, volcanic salt, frisee, malted oil...truly delicious.
The Copperhouse went beautifully with Mac & Cheese. This dish had hops and bacon fat in the crumble on top. It was really interesting to use the hops IN the dish. Copperhouse is totally approachable, even for non-beer drinkers, and as Max and Dan both agreed, Beer and Mac&Cheese is an obvious match.
The Storm Surge and Fried Chicken was pure genius. There is not much more to say....you should have been there!
The Imperial Stout has pretty intense chocolate, coffee, sweet flavors. It's smooth, easy to drink and unbelievably good. Max mad a comment that "we can't always make the Imperial the dessert course's beer...it's cheating" but it's just so good. For this course we did an Pot De Creme (like a creme brulee with no brulee topping). Chocolate and stout with homemade whipped cream? Yes. Please.
So, overall, a fantastic evening. This was our second one, but definitely not our last!