We’ve had a friend in town for the week, and on Thursday evening, while sitting at the Brewhouse Grille enjoying Russian River Pliny the Elder, D turned to me and said, “Let’s have a party – tomorrow night!” And so we did…
We called a few friends – some who were free and unfortunately, some who were not – and picked up the worst of the clutter. Jerry brought veggies from his organic garden in Venango County (romaine, celery, shallots, red onions, acorn squash), so D whipped up a salad and put together a great stew in the crockpot (I turned the squash into a fabulous soup for Saturday at the hawkwatch.)
We thawed out a loaf of Zingerman’s farm bread. D went to Wegman’s for cheese, olives and the like, and he scoured our basement looking for a few prize bottles of beer, as well as a few certain to please the palates of our intended guests.
This resulted in a great group of friends from birding, beer drinking and concerts gathered around our table for hearty food and a lengthy tasting. Below is a complete list of the bottles opened for the table tasting:
- Russian River Brewing – Damnation
- Brouwerij Het Anker – Gouden Carolus ~ Carolus D’Or– Grand Cru Of The Emperor(brewed once a year, on the 24th of February, birthday of Charles the Fifth)
- Alaskan Brewing Co. IPA
- AleSmith IPA
- Butte Creek Organic Revolution 10th Anniversary Imperial IPA
- Moylans Hopsickle Imperial Ale (Triple Hoppy)
- Cisco Celebration Libation (no year at the moment…no active website found)
- Alaskan Brewing Co. Smoked Porter * (2006; yummy with nova lox and bread)
- AlesSmith Speedway Stout
- Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
The only disappointment of the night was Victory V-Ten (brewed and bottled September 12, 2002) – this beer was corked, caged and carious (I know…that word applies to teeth, but it sounds good here!) This was, unfortunately not well aged, which resulted in a big bottle of vinegar.
And of course, we poured several other interesting things – bottles for individuals to enjoy. We also tasted boilo (boilo : a popular homemade Yuletide beverage – ingredients include orange and lemon juice, honey, cloves, caraway seeds, and large amounts of whiskey; served hot in shot glasses) from a friend in the coal region, D’Reyes Peach Liquor which we brought back from Mexico and St. Clair Vineyards Port from NM. *There was also Glenlivet Nadurra single malt Scotch which paired so well with the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Thanks, Dakotablue!!
The “starter” hit food was Nancy’s yummy salsa, and Marcy brought an array of beautiful and tasty desserts from the Pennsylvania Bakery which made a lovely finish to the night.