Moody Ales Brewmaster’s Dinner (Craft Beer Market) – November 29th 2016


On November 29th, 2016 I was lucky enough to attend the Moody Ales Brewmaster’s Dinner that was held at Craft Beer market in the Olympic Village of Vancouver.

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It is crazy to think that this is both my first brewmaster dinner at Craft was well as my first with Moody Ales.  I had every reason to believe this would be an epic dinner though as Craft makes some great food and Moody Ales is a very solid brewery.  I was also luck to be sitting at the Moody Ales table and got to catch up with some of the staff that I had not seen it a long time.

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To start the night off everyone was served a glass of the Hardy Brown Ale.  It is always nice to have a sleeve of beer to get the lips moving with new people.  With the long table nature of this dinner that makes it a much better night when you can get to know your neighbors early.  With that beer we also noticed the menu on our plates.

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Before every course the head brewer Robyn Guille and the executive chef got up and talked about the beer and the food that were about to be delivered to the table.

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First Course
Queso Fundido
Chorizo, melted cheese, BC Kennebec potatoes
Paired with Vienna Lager

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I will have to say that nothing is better than a very well made chip dip!  This happened to be one epic chip dip to boot.  The cheese, potato and chorizo made a great flavour combination.   The sweetness of the Vienna Lager cut though the mild spice quite well.  This was my first taste of the Vienna Lager and it was very full flavoured and if you know me I am not a Lager fan usually.

Second Course
Roasted Corn Chowder
Charred serranos, roasted corn, cream, chili oil
Paired with Affable IPA

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To continue with the firsts this was my very first corn chowder.  I wish this was a much bigger portion as we all agreed that this was epic!  I really liked the pickled corn.  There was an almost non existent hops bitterness that built when you took a sip of the IPA.  It a counterpoint to the first course the bitterness of the beer seemed to cut the sweetness of the soup.

Third Course
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Chili spiced honey drizzle, jalapano cornbread, whipped butter
Paired with Sociable Pale Ale

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Course three again stepped up the game.  This fried chicken had amazing flavour with the honey drizzle without having a single note of being greasy.  I felt that the honey from the chicken and the citrus from the beer mingled well.  Now the chicken was deadly good but the cornbread with the jalapenos really paired up nicely with the mild bitterness form the pale ale.

Dessert
Chocolate Terrine
Raspberry leather
Paired with Russian Imperial Stout

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The chocolate was very nice with a mild salting on top.  The bourbon, oak and roasted malts of the Russian Imperial Stout really cut through the sweetness of the chocolate while still really working amazingly together.  The raspberry leather was quite interesting in its own right.

In the end this dinner turned out to be one of my favourite that I have attended.  Not only was the beer very tasty but the food paired well on each course.  The kitchen killed it and I hope to check out more of these dinners in the future!

Catch up with Moody Ales
http://www.moodyales.com/

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http://craftbeermarket.ca/vancouver

Vienna Style Lager – R&B Brewing (R and B Brewing)


From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Vienna Style Lager” the newest beer in their brand new Mount Pleasant Series of beers.  The beer pours a deep copper with a tan head.  The aroma consists of grassy hops, sweetness and a nice malt finish.  The flavour is malt forward, some toasted notes, sweetness and grassy hops but not a ton of bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24.  Looking at the BJCP style guidelines I would have to say that this beer is hitting on the right notes and on top of that its pretty darn tasty.

Commercial Description:  Reddish brown in colour with complex yet delicate malt aromas and flavours. This amber coloured lager is well balanced, clean, crisp and refreshing while pairing well with food. A perfect beer for summer barbecue season.

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The Session Vienna Lager – Dead Frog Brewery


Dead Frog Brewery out of Aldergrove BC has launched an all new lineup of beers and wiped out all but one of their old brews.  Their new “The Session Vienna Lager” is one of their new seasonal staples available in both six packs and mixed 12 packs.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of lager malts, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of fruity citrus, lager malts with a mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  This is a sweet and tasty lager with a fairly good bitterness to finish off the flavour.

Commercial Description:  A finely crafter light copper Lager with a hop forward floral aroma, slightly sweet malt profile & a crisp refreshing finish. German & North American hops combine with Vienna Malts to create a distinctive hop forward session brew.

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Dark Meddle Beer – Gigantic Brewing Company


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From Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon USA comes their “Dark Meddle Beer” a Vienna Lager.  The beer pours an orange/amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of caramel, bready malts and some mild fruits.  The flavour consists of caramel, bready malts, fruit and a mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.9% with an IBU of 35.  As lagers go this is a very nice full flavoured beer and should be picked up if you can still find it!

Commercial Description:  Gigantic Brewing, on of Portland’s finest, brings you a seasonal brew and homage to the Vienna Lager (which is  named after teh city in which it originated).  A traditional Vienna Lager is brewed using a three step decoction boiling process.  Dark Meddle has a very malty aroma and flavour with toasted brewed notes and a nice balanced bitterness.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: roasted pork, bratwurst

Click here to check out the August 2013 Box

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