Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter 2010

Easter 2010
Whoo What a Day,

Well, as you might expect holidays aren’t just beer drinking days in my house, they are real beer events. And you can see from the previous post  even the Easter Bunny gets into the act.

I had a few personal conversations and recommendations on what beer to have with Easter Dinner. Like in all things with beer it’s a matter of personal taste. So without knowing someone’s taste in beer it’s hard to give a solid recommendation. What I can tell you is what I had to drink on Easter.

We have a fairly large brunch with Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Scrapple, Eggs, Wild Berry Pancakes, Home Fries, plus an All in One dish that is most of the meats above and potatoes with just enough egg to hold it together. 

With such a hearty breakfast I went for the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout. This was the first time that I had this beer. It may have been a little to much for breakfast but it was a good beer. I have had other stouts for breakfast and I think I would have preferred the Lancaster Milk Stout; it is a little smoother and less overpowering for breakfast. The Mikkeller was an excellent stout and I need to buy it again and give it a full review.

Mid-Day Thirst  Quencher
Sitting around digesting that large breakfast we needed something to quench our thirsts and what better than my favorite “Every Day Belgian”, Leffe Blonde. There is nothing special about this beer it’s just an easy drinking dependable Belgian Pale/Blond and reasonably priced at ~ $30.00 a case. 

Late afternoon we packed up the cooler and headed over to my dad’s house. Yeah the beer snob was in true form. I took over 4 different beers and a box of appropriate glasses to serve them in. Yes the beer madness is getting pretty bad.

Easter Beer Dinner
So we had more Leffe’s with our appetizers (in authentic Leffe Glasses), plus I brought over some Lindemans Framboise (Raspberry Fruit Lambic) for the ladies, served in Lindemans Flute Glasses.

For the Entree we had Pauwel Kwak; a nice Belgian strong pale that goes well with lighter meats. This bier generates a rich head so I brought over some Belgian Tulip glasses to serve it in. I have a bottle of Kwak left over so I will be doing a full review in the near future.

For Dessert we had Southern Tier Choklat. Normally I would serve this Imperial Stout in a brandy snifter but I did not have enough of them so I substituted the tulip glasses instead. This is a very rich chocolate stout. I did not seem to enjoy it as much as the rest of the family did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent beer but it did not generate that wow factor. I do have another bottle of this so I will also be reviewing it in the future.

Well, Thanks the low-down on John’s Easter Beer madness.

Happy Easter Everyone

Below are some details about the beers.

Beer Geek Breakfast
Brewed by:
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV
Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Norway.

Commercial Description:
Recent batch of this has been brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø.
An oatmeal stout with 25.0% oat-based ingredients and a nice touch of gourmet coffee. A beer that goes extremely well with breakfast.
Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.

General Pricing:
600ML bottle, ~ $11.00

Leffe Blonde
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe, Belgium
Imported by:
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Belgian Pale Ale - 6.60% ABV

Commercial Description:
Filtered. Uses Vieux Temps yeast which gives the clove-like flavour.
"Leffe Blond is a pale abbey beer, with a full, sunny, golden colour. It has a smooth and full bodied taste and a rich creamy head. Like all the Leffe beers, it is a ’connoisseur’ beer that is easy to drink."

General Pricing:
11.2oz, 330ml bottle, ~ $8.00-$10.50 6 pack, ~$29.00-$38.00 Case

Lindemans Framboise
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
A clean natural tasting brew with undertones of fresh raspberries and a wonderful aroma.

General Pricing
750ML Bottle, ~ $10.00

Pauwel Kwak
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.10% ABV

Commercial Description:
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

General Pricing:
750ML Bottle ~ $11.00

Southern Tier Choklat
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
“the ancients called it ‘food for the gods’“ The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle.

General Pricing:
22oz bottle  $8.50

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