Rattle n Hum “Poor Man’s Dinner”
I started the week off last Monday the 3rd with the “Poor Man’s Dinner” at Rattle n Hum. This was the first in a weekly series, each $25 dinner featuring four bites paired with a flight of four beers from a particular brewery. Chef Stephen Durley creates the menu and owner Patrick Donagher chooses the beer pairings. This week showcased beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company. First up was pickled beets with horseradish cream and toasted pine nuts paired with the Little Sumpin’ Wild. The beets brought out the fruitiness & slight funk of the beer and the heat of the horseradish emphasized the earthiness of the beets and the beer. A potato pancake with cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos and sour cream was paired with the Fusion VII – the hoppiness of the beer was a nice contrast to the creamy deep meatiness of the potato pancakes. The pulled wild boar slider with BBQ sauce, greens and a pickle highlighted the maltiness of Lucky 13 Alt and the Gnarleywine was a fantastic foil to the richness of the bacon-wrapped, blue-cheese stuffed date with spicy honey glaze. These were all together four lovely pairings. Stephen has really elevated the level of food at Rattle – this pairing was comparable to the ones I’ve had at dbgb. It’s not an excessive amount of food, but the quality is extremely high and it’s a wonderful exploration of flavors and textures in beer and food pairing. If you’re still hungry after, Rattle has 50 cent wings during Monday night football. And Rattle has live jazz every Monday as well. Oh, yes, and after my dinner, my friend Josh stopped by with some vintage barley wines to share along with Peter Bulut, owner of Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, with some of his own beers to share.
Knights of Bruklyn Homebrewers Sentry Quarterly Competition
Tuesday the 4th I headed to Union Hall in Brooklyn for the Knights of Bruklyn Homebrew Comp. This is a super event that showcases some very fine local homebrew and offers free samples to the public. The winners:
1st Place: Bob Olson with his Fall Pasture Pumpkin Ale
2nd Place: Paul Erwin with his Mittelweiss Dunkel
3rd Place: Simon Tepas with his Broken Arrow Indian Brown Ale
Peoples Choice: Zack Kinney with his Burning Down the House Smoked Habanero Imperial IPA (also my favorite of the evening)
I highly recommend checking out this event – it’s a rare opportunity for the general public to taste some finely-crafted local homebrews. I had the tasty Floyd Burger and headed to the Gate with Jess of Kelso for a nightcap, the delicious Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela.
Double Windsor and Toby’s Public House
Wednesday I met Cuzme at the Double Windsor for a beer and dinner. Unfortunately their kitchen was closed for renovation – we split a couple of pies from DUB Pies to dull our hunger then headed to Toby’s Public House for the Cauliflower Antipasti and Cipolla pizza, both delicious.
Simply Beer Anniversary Party
On Thursday, Peter Kennedy of Simply Beer celebrated the blog’s third Anniversary with a private tasting at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Jersey. Cuzme and myself along with our friend Moxey headed out their by train & bus to join the festivities. We tasted some delicious beers in wonderful company – thanks, Peter, and to many more years of Simply Beer!
1. Pretzels from Miller’s Twist, 2. Butterscotch Whoopie Pie from Flying Monkey, 3. Yards Brewing Company, 4. Yards Brewing Company, 5. Yards Brewing Company taps, 6. Yards Brewing Company beer descriptions, 7. Yards Brewing Company draft board, 8. Yards Brewing Company flight, 9. Barcade Philly draft board & taps, 10. Barcade Philly sign, 11. Deviled eggs at Barcade Philly, 12. Honey for short mead
Saturday we headed to Philadelphia, prompted by an invite to the soft opening of the newest Barcade. We started off at the Fabric Museum and Workshop followed by the Reading Terminal Market – both worthy stops. We checked out Yards Brewing Company, splitting a tasty flight, then over to Barcade. Whoa, the newest addition to the family is fantastic! Barcade Philadelphia has the usual lovely all-American craft draft line-up as well as awesome vintage arcade games but the space blew me away – larger than the other two (the original in Brooklyn and the second in Jersey City) with a sizable outdoor area, more seating and a wonderful feel – the beamed ceilings are charming. The food that was sampled was delicious and a fun time was had by all. I regret not taking more photos but will return at some point for sure. And Barcade Philadelphia is in Fishtown, an awesome neighborhood for craft beer – we checked out nearby Johnny Brenda’s and Kraftwerks as well.
- Great Lakes Brewery Miami Weisse (courtesy of Peter)
- Barrier Vermillion Saison Rouge at Union Hal
- Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela at The Gate
- Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale at Rattle n Hum
- Almost everything I tasted at Peter’s Simply Beer Anniversary Party: various vintages of New Belgium La Folie, Surly Four, Allagash Vagabond & Coolship Red
- Victory Scarlet Fire at Barcade Jersey City
- Bell’s Two-Hearted at Barcade Philadelphia
- Furthermore Brewing Knot Stock at Barcade Philadelphia