Hope you and your are having a very hoppy holidays!
What do you think of when you hear dessert beer? More often than not, it is a stout of some sort. Tonight I had the opportunity to try a dessert beer on a whole different level.
Southern Tier Creme Brûlée Stout tastes exactly as it sounds. The only thing missing is the spoon. It is rich with vanilla and creamy with a butter like flavor. There’s really no other way to describe it. It’s truly like creme brûlée in a bottle. Should you ever get the opportunity to try this brew, jump on it.
After much inquiry, the Christmas themed biere from Bayou Teche Brewing finally showed up here in Baton Rouge this week. Tonight I had an opportunity to give it a try.
This biere is a version of their Biere Joi, a dubbel brewed with Mello Joy coffee, aged in Jack Daniels whiskey barrels. It pours a ruby-amber with a small and quickly disappearing head. The smell is of coffee grounds and a touch of whiskey. The flavor has a touch of vanilla and caramel, but it’s the coffee that shines through. As it warms, the oak and ships key flavor really makes an appearance. Initially, I wasn’t so sure about this one, but the warmer it got, the more I appreciated it. It’s very different from any other beer with coffee, but they did a good job with it. I’d have to say it’s probably my favorite beer from Bayou Teche to date.
It’s definitely a beer worth trying if you can find it this holiday season.
By this time, the much anticipated Westvleteren 12 release has come and gone. There were long lines in some areas, while others sold their allotment before they even hit the shelves.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some. Anybody else?
For those of you reading this in the Baton Rouge area, Calandro’s on Perkins will be conducting a lottery to allocate the 4 sets they got. Put your name in between today and Saturday at 10 AM. The drawing will be held at noon on Saturday and you must be present and have proper ID to be allowed to purchase if your name is chosen.
On Thursday, November 29th, the Tin Roof brewery in Baton Rouge played host to The Truck, The Brewer & The Blogger II. If you recall, I attended the first The Truck, The Brewer & The Blogger event back in early May of this year. Six months later, it was a bit more comfortable in the brewery, but the event was just as nice.
Jay Ducote, who among other things, is the face behind the Bite and Booze blog invited both my wife and I to attend. For those of you who don’t know, my wife writes the monthly Stirring It Up column for City Social magazine. So we are a blogging tag team.
The evening began with our choice of Tin Roof beers as we found our seats. I sat next to my friend Eric Ducote, Jay’s brother and the guy behind BR Beer Scene, and we had some other friends at our table, which made for a really enjoyable evening.
The first appetizer was a red beans and smoked sausage spring roll that really captured the esscence of the classic red beans and rice dish. The Louisiana Re-Imangined theme got off to a smoking start.
Next up was a fried oyster on wilted spinich with absinthe butter sauce. It’s a shame we only got one each.
The soup was a cream of corn maque choux with crumbled bacon. Did I hear bacon? This paired really well with the Tin Roof Blonde ale.
Up next was herb roasted quail atop andouille risotto with fried okra and gumbo sauce. Talk about Louisiana Re-Imagined. This was fantastic, and the Tin Roof Perfect Tin amber was a nice pairing.
What followed was a turtle over smothered potatoes with a sherry redux drizzle and hard boiled egg crumbles, all served with the newly canned Tin Roof Voodoo Bengal pale ale.
Of course, everyone looks forward to dessert. And like the May event, Christina Stephens did not disappoint with her cupcake. This one was a rum soaked banana cupcake that featured everything about Bananas Foster save the open flame. The Tin Roof Parade Ground coffee porter was excellent with it.
In all, a wonderful night featuring succulent dishes prepared on site, nice beer pairings from Tin Roof, and great company. Thank you Jay for the invite, and I am already looking forward to the next installment in the spring of 2013. Hope to see some of you there as well.