Saturday, June 4, 2011

A night of Ales from the British Isles

Last evening, we gathered at Tibor and Nicole’s for the next round of Beer and Food Pairings.  We focused on beers from the British Isles and Nicole made some UK-inspired dishes of spice Beer Nuts, Fish & Chips with Slaw, and Bananas Foster for desert using Stroh Austria Rum for flambé.  I brought over some cheeses of Fontina, Applewood Smoked Cheddar and Cantelet.  For the beer, I brought over Fuller’s London Pride & Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Chris brought Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009 & Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, Dennis brought over Tetley’s English Ale & Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and Tibor had Murphy’s Irish Stout and Boddingtons Pub Ale.  These were all very tasty and very drinkable.  I would not hesitate to try any of these again and it is a real tribute to the Brewers of these beers that they make it to the U.S. in very good condition.  With the exception of Fuller’s Vintage Ale – 2009, none of these are meant to be aged, all tasted very good.  Below are some of the pictures I took during the evening.  The fish (cod) was cooked to perfection and the Bananas Foster cooked in 160-proof Stroh Austrian Rum was a highlight.  We paired the Porter and the Vintage Ale with Bananas Foster and the pairing was very good.  I thought the Porter paired better than the Vintage Ale.  The next meeting we will cover Mexican food – still deciding on the bee.

Tetley’s English Ale (3.6% ABV) is an English Pale Ale.

Boddingtons Pub Ale (4.7% ABV) is an English Pale Ale.

Fuller’s London Pride (4.7% ABV) is an English Pale Ale.

Fish & Chips with Slaw – Fish cooked to perfection – Bravo Nicole – slaw was excellent.

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale (5% ABV) is an English Brown Ale.

Murphy’s Irish Stout (4% ABV) is an Irish Dry Stout.

Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter (5% ABV) is an English Porter.

Bananas Foster – Flame ON.

Fuller’s Vintage Ale – 2009 (8.5% ABV) is an Old Ale.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (5.2% ABV) is a Milk / Sweet Stout.

The Brew Crew – Tibor, Chris, Dennis and Chef Nicole.

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