Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cookies & beer!

Hello sour beer lovers! Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm is "LIVE:Cocoa Gingersnap." This live barrel of NW-style sour ale is five different beers blended together to inspire thoughts of the coming holiday season. Slight hints of cocoa, dark sugar and spice greet you in the nose. Light notes of cocoa and sweet dark malts with notes of light molasses and spice on the palate lead to a slightly tart finish of molasses, spice and hints of dark plumbs. Cookies and beer, yum! 7.15% ABV, $6.50 glass.

Now on tap, our seasonal one-off Defroster, a deep and flavorful winter brew with a solid malt profile that is hopped English-style with Brewers Gold and Fuggles, and spiced with bitter and sweet orange peel to bring it all together. Sweet malts and light candy greet you in the nose. Light hop spice notes and malt on the palate lead to a smooth mellow malty finish with just a hint of hop spice and bite.

Also on tap, Sharp Wit, a NW-style sour wit beer which features bright lemon and dusty grains in the nose. A blend of sweet wheat and grains rolls across the palate, while hints of spice and lemon zest give way to a tart, lingering finish. 

Food specials at the Barrel House include a Smoked Chicken Royal Sandwich featuring house smoked chicken, Italian Taleggio cheese, onion, tomato & Royal Blue Pear compote on grilled purple Sang Royal bread ($4.5); Crepes Monsieur, delicious crepes filled with smoked ham, imported Gruyere cheese & Dijon mustard then covered with mornay sauce ($9); and our popular Spiced Pumpkin Mascarpone Crepe, a delicious crepe filled with spiced pumpkin mascarpone then topped with a Kriek reduction & Bing cherries re-hydrated with Nightfall ($5).This week's soup du jour is Smokehouse Chili; the fresh fruit is Fuji apple; the sourette is Summer Berry; and the rotating compote is Royal Blue Pear. 

Brewed AwakeningBe sure to join us next Tuesday the 15th as beer expert Joshua M. Bernstein celebrates his new book "Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution" at Tap It Tuesday. Josh will start the evening as the guest tapper, then reveal some stories and insights about the world's craft brewing revolution, while signing copies of the book ($24.95). Want to see a trailer for the book? Click here!  

Have a great week. Servus!