Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pic(k) of the Week: Bootlegger's Beer Dinner 2012

Bootlegger's Beer Dinner 2012

The remains of a successful beer dinner ...

The 2nd annual Bootlegger's Beer Dinner, sponsored by, at Smith Commons Restaurant, in Washington, D.C. Five beers not normally found in the city were 'imported' via the internet, and served, each paired with a different course.

31 January 2012.

Chicken Wings in Duck Fat, with Gorgonzola-Apple Glaze

First Course
Lime & Orange Macaroons / Foie Gras Mousse
Paired with Lost Abbey (San Marcos, California):
Inferno Ale pale ale (8.5% alcohol-by-volume).

Second Course
Goat Cheese Ravioli / Duo of Raisin Purée & Citrus Pop Rocks
Paired with Hair of the Dog (Portland, Oregon):
Fred strong ale (10% alcohol-by-volume).

Third Course
Braised Pork Belly / Coffee Migas, House Smoked Bacon Lardon, Smoked Espuma
Paired with Alaskan Brewing (Juneau, Alaska):
Smoked Porter porter (6.5% alcohol-by-volume.)

Fourth Course
Sous Vide Shrimp Dumplings / Dashi, Quail & Yuzu
Paired with Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida):
Guava Grove saison (8% alcohol-by-volume).

Dessert Course
Coconut Pudding / Lavender Ice Cream, Vanilla, Dried Caramel
Paired with Alchemist Brewery (Middlebury, Vermont):
Heady Topper IPA (8% alcohol-by-volume)

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland):
2008 vintage Horn Dog Barleywine (10.2% alcohol-by-volume).


  • I manipulated the photo using the CinemaScope effect from Picnik, an on-line photo editing site. See the un-retouched original: here. Picnik is to be discontinued by Google on 19 April 2012.
  • See more photos from the dinner, all courses and beers: here.
  • Unlike most other states and cities, D.C. is liberal (small 'l') when it comes to the availability of beer, wine, and spirits. Bars, restaurants, or shops with a liquor license can act as their own importer of alcoholic products. Read more from the Washington City Paper: 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 subject. Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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