3 Months 10 Beers – A Grand Slam ~ 4 Beers, 1 Night ALL WINNERS
My wife and I are on a quest to find her 10 beers over the next 3 months that she can enjoy! We have found very few beers that she has enjoyed. But on this one fun filled night, I hit a grand slam or at least figured out how to introduce new beer to my wife. Granted there will still be beer she doesn’t like, but with some good food and in this case good family I have a leg up. With my beer adventurous in-laws, good food, and some great beer, I think I might have figured it out.
|Well either Peter finally figured out what I liked or he just decided to let me have beers he already knew I would like. Either way they were awesome and I can easily enjoy 5 beers (5 more to go). The beers that I tried were Russian River Damnation, Brewery Ommegang Cup of Kindness, Dogfish Head Red and White and Bryggeriet Djaevlbryg Gudelos,. The first were really crisp, tangy and fun. I had these with dinner but really could drink them all night.
The Gudelos, was served while eating my favorite ice cream — coffee chip. It was really GREAT with the dessert and Peter says it’s a beer that goes well with chocolate. I’m a girl that goes well with chocolate so it was a match made in (beer) heaven.
BTW, besides being able to go to a bar and not be the only one without a beer I wonder what else I will get for being the guinea pig for this experiment?
|I thought some of the beers tonight would be winners, but I all four??? A couple weeks ago Dani and I were at Russian River in Santa Rosa CA. and I remembered she liked a couple, but after a 20 beer sampler, I couldn’t recall which ones. My recollection was the Damnation was one of the more tame Russian River Beers, but still a solid flavorful beer. With Dani seeming to prefer slightly less fragrant, but flavorful beers I thought this would right up her alley. Not to mention it tasted pretty darn good with the roasted chicken. Score! 1 for 1 tonight.
As this impromptu night of tasting continued, we had coffee chocolate chip ice cream for desert. After looking in the fridge to see what would compliment the ice cream and Dani might like, I went out on a limb and grabbed a beer that my Buddy from Hunterdon Distributing gave me, Bryggeriet Daevlebryg Gudelos Imperial Stout. By golly, it was a perfect match with the ice cream and Dani loved it. It had nice roasted coffee flavor with a good dark chocolate bitterness. WooHoo! 2 for 2!
It usually happens when my In-Laws come over, I keep pulling out beer for us to try. After desert I wanted to have another beer, but where do you go after an imperial stout? I figured go big and malty, just so happens I had a bottle of Brewery Ommegang Cup O Kindness in the fridge. Almost sounds like I had a plan! Either way, I was very impressed with this “Belgian Style” Scotch Ale. Great well balanced flavor and the perfect amount of heather, put this over the top in my book. It’s not my book that matters here, it’s Dani’s and she really liked this one! Hot Damn, 3 for 3!
Intermission for a bottle of wine… (it was a decent ’08 Mendoza Cabernet)
So, 3 for 3, I was on a roll and had to push it, one more beer. I had the odds on my side, 3 good beers and 2 bottles of wine in; lets just say our palettes were probably a bit more liberal at this point. From one of my favorite breweries, Dogfish Head, I introduced my family to one of my favorite beers from them, Red & White. I love this beer, a wit aged on Pinot Noir barrels and thankfully so did the rest of the clan at the dinner table. And there you have it folks a Perfect night, 4 for 4!