Chef Eric Reid
Heavy Seas Brewing,
of Baltimore, Maryland.
General Manager Sean Snyder welcomed the 25 guests to the restaurant's new upstairs private dining room. Co-hosting was Spencer Hannas, the newly-minted local representative for Heavy Seas, and Stephen Marsh, the brewery's cask cellarmaster. Photos and commentary added after the dinner.
- 1st COURSE
Kartoffelsuppe (Potato Soup) & Leberwurst
Served with Heavy Seas
Red Sky at Night Saison,
on draught (7.5% abv, vintage 2011)
- 2nd COURSE
Spätzle and Mushrooms
Served with a freshly tapped firkin of The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale (8.5% abv)
Reid and Snyder collaborated with Heavy Seas' cellarmaster Stephen Marsh to fill a cask of Great Pumpkin, adding smoked vanilla beans, fish peppers, Chipotle peppers, and molasses.
Some of those herbs and vegetables, such as the fish peppers, had been grown on Marsh's own 2,00 square food garden in Maryland. Fish peppers have an interesting provenance. According to Mother Earth News:
The ‘Fish’ peppers came from Baltimore, where they had been employed by African-American caterers to make white paprika for the cream sauces then popular with fish and shellfish cookery. In terms of heat, they are like cayenne, but are more mellow when cooked. The white pods were also used in soups where red peppers would have created a muddied appearance. These peppers had been in use since the 19th century, one of those secret heirloom ingredients that never showed up in cookbooks. They were simply part of oral tradition.
- 3rd COURSE
Box Roasted Suckling Pig
Sauerkraut and Warm Potato Salad
Served with Heavy Seas Winter Storm Imperial ESB (7.5% abv)
This will be the 2012 release for the brewery's award-winning annual winter beer.
- 4th COURSE
Veal Cordon Bleu
Steamed White Asparagus
Served With Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 American IPA (7.25% abv), on draught.
- DESSERT COURSE
made with brown sugar and a touch of cayenne, finished with apple slices
Served with Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine, on draught (10% abv, vintage 2011)
- Del Ray Pizzeria
2218 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tuesday, 2 October, 7 pm
Tickets: $59.00, via PayPal
- More photos: here.
- Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas Brewing.