Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pic(k) of the Week: Victoria by candlelight

Candlelight illuminates a glass of Allagash Brewing's Victoria Ale.

Victoria by candlelight

The occasion was a 7-course beer dinner at RedRocks Pizza Napoletana —in Alexandria, Virginia— featuring the beers of Allagash Brewing Company —of Portland, Maine. Seven different beers were paired with seven different courses. The brewery's National Sales Manager —Naomi Neville— and its area representative —Suzanne Woods— presented the beers.

Rather than attempt to shout over the clamor of a busy restaurant, the two walked table-to-table, talking one-on-one with the customers, as the beers and food were served. This made a 'big' event seem much more intimate.

This was only the first 'full-bore' beer dinner at the restaurant. (RedRocks has hosted prior beer 'tastings,' at which small-plate pizzas were served, but not with specific pairings.) General Manager James O'Brien, pleased at evening's conclusion, promised there would be more.

Alexandria (Old Town), Virginia.
11 January 2012.

    Allagash White
    Belgian-style Wheat Ale (ABV: 5.0%)
    Served with:
    Charcuterie plate: an assortment of house-made cured meats and vegetables.

    Allagash Tripel
    Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale (ABV: 9%)
    Served with:
    Wood-roasted sea scallop salad.

    Allagash Odyssey
    Oak Aged Dark Wheat (ABV: 10.4%)
    Served with:
    Wood-fired eggplant parmesan, basil, grana cheese, house-baked bread.

    Allagash Victoria
    Belgian-style ale fermented with Vidal Blanc white wine grapes. (ABV 9%)
    Served with:
    Gulf shrimp wrapped with prosciutto in a black truffle sauce.

    Allagash Dubbel
    Belgian Style Dubbel (ABV: 7%)
    Served with:
    Lamb meatballs al forno served over soft polenta.

    Allagash Black
    Belgian Style Stout (ABV: 7.5%)
    Served with:
    Gorgonzola with honey drizzle.

    Allagash Curieux
    Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale (ABV: 11%). The brewery pronounces it "CURE ee oh."
    Served with:
    Panna Cotta with fresh berries.
  • More photos from the beer dinner: here.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Allagash.

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