The Program Director of the Brewers Association held an event simply known as Pamper Your Palate recently. Local heavyweights, Metropolitan, Haymarket, Revolution, along with special guests Lakewood Brewing (Garland, TX), Community Brewing (Dallas, TX), Lickinghole Creek (Goochland,VA) Wiseacre (Memphis, TN) and 21st Amendment Brewing (San Francisco). All in town for one night only at Blackbird in West Loop.
Julia Herz, Publisher of craftbeer.com was our host for an unparallelled 4-course dining experience that featured 2 different beer styles with each dish. We know beer is a much more versatile partner for food than wine could ever be. Chef Adam Dulye from The Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco was flown in to create the menu. He made some interesting points when explaining how beer goes beyond just resetting your palate with each bite of a dish. His approach is that different beer styles with the same dish helps you identify where malt sweetness and roastiness are in beers and how hops are affecting them.
Along with presenting their beers, many brewers in attendance used the platform to discuss core ideals regarding beverage quality. Some breaking news as well as a historical view of each company was shared with the group.
Haymarket plans to open a production facility separate from their current West Loop brewpub. The team has been viewing property throughout Chicagoland for about a year and are actually considering making southwest Michigan home for their expansion.
San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery will be available in Chicago next year. The plan is to be in the market by Spring 2015 as soon as they finalize a distribution deal.
Lisa Pumphrey from Lickinghole Creek Brewery provided details on their farm plan. The project includes her brewery/ farm located in Goochland, Virgina becoming the country’s 1st fully integrated beer operation. They’ve already stared harvesting from their own barley field. Going her forward beers will feature hops, barley and yeast all grown on their estate!
Hell Or High Watermelon | 21st Amendment Brewing, San Francisco, CA
confit fjord trout with zucchini, smoked serranos, trout roe & purslane.
Tiny Bomb American Pilsner | Wiseacre Brewing Co. Memphis, TN
Wahoo Wit | Market Garden Brewery, Cleveland, OH
tempura soft shell crab with chanterelle mushrooms, cucumber, dill yogurt & charred orange.
Mathias Double IPA | Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago
Double Fist Double Pale Ale | Revolution Brewing Co, Chicago
grilled dry aged strip-loin with fried polenta, summer apple, beer braised lobster mushrooms & malt jus
Dynamo Copper Lager | Metropolitan Brewing, Chicago
Public Ale | Community Beer Company, Dallas, TX
raspberry bellavitano cheese with stout cake, pretzel crisps & raspberries
The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout| Lakewood Brewing Co. Garland, TX
Enlightened Despot Russian Imperial Stout| Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland, VA