Tom's Favorites All-Star Dinner
Once a year, Tom Peters puts this dinner together using local
food and local beers. Instead of just one
celebrity, several local brewers attended to give their
views on the beers they made. It is always a good time.
The night started out with General Lafayette's Alt...Who
Goes There?, a German style beer with a Belgian flair to it. It was
served with local Lamb & Beef "Belgian" Meatballs and greens.
Up next were two great beers. From the Stoudts brewery
came their APA...a nicely hopped brew with lots of citrus from them
and poured side-by-side with Iron Hill West Chester's The Cannibal....a
big fruity, perfumy brew. The soup course was a version of Manhattan
Clam Chowder with lots of fresh clams and veggies. The spiciness of the
chowder was really accentuated by the beer.
Then came Nodding Head's Otay (Buckwheat Ale)
with a dry, grassy aroma and lemony palate with a lightly sweet finish.
This was accompanied by micro greens with bleu cheese and fruit
A 3 year old beer from Flying Fish was poured next and,
to me, was the hit of the evening. Puckerfish, this sour nose and
wonderfully tart beverage with the hint of cherries, reminded me so much
of a true Belgian product. Casey assured me that they were going to produce
it and bottle it this time...I hope that does happen!!! This exceptional
beer was served with Cornmeal encrusted Seitan w/a Cherry Glaze....very
tasty especially washed down with those beers.
On the lighter side, we got Triumph Helles next
and accompanied Bluefish w/Heirloom Tomatoes and a Fennel & Herb Sauce
and Vegetable Corn Fritters which were outstanding. In contrast, we were
also poured Victory's Saphir Bock which was lightly sweet and fruity.
A new brewery was up next for the dessert. Sprague Farms
sent their Hellbender Porter, a full-bodied dark, dry and roasty
brew. Again this was side-by-side with Yard's Thomas Jefferson Ale,
a Colonial reproduction with a slightly tart aroma and palate. Fruit and
biscuits plate was a nicely refreshing dessert and light on the calories.
As always, visit their website
for the latest on upcoming events. They are more than worth the time and