Candlelight illuminates a glass of Allagash Brewing's Victoria Ale.
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.
- FIRST COURSE
Belgian-style Wheat Ale (ABV: 5.0%)
Charcuterie plate: an assortment of house-made cured meats and vegetables.
- SECOND COURSE
Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale (ABV: 9%)
Wood-roasted sea scallop salad.
- THIRD COURSE
Oak Aged Dark Wheat (ABV: 10.4%)
Wood-fired eggplant parmesan, basil, grana cheese, house-baked bread.
- FOURTH COURSE
Belgian-style ale fermented with Vidal Blanc white wine grapes. (ABV 9%)
Gulf shrimp wrapped with prosciutto in a black truffle sauce.
- FIFTH COURSE
Belgian Style Dubbel (ABV: 7%)
Lamb meatballs al forno served over soft polenta.
- SIXTH COURSE
Belgian Style Stout (ABV: 7.5%)
Gorgonzola with honey drizzle.
- SEVENTH COURSE
Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale (ABV: 11%). The brewery pronounces it "CURE ee oh."
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.