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No beer club this month, but wait!!!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

With the holidays being so busy there will be no beer club in December. We will pick it up again in January. But you can still get your beer fix in.

December Beer & Food PairingIf you hadn’t heard, Angelica’s Bistro is hosting a beer and food pairing gourmet dinner on December 18th at 7:30pm. A night out like this usually requires a drive into San Francisco or down to Los Gatos but we are getting one right here in the heart of the Redwood City. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to try the upcoming menu and it was fantastic. No really it was. I am working on a book on beer and food pairing and I’m barrel deep into reading up on the history of wine and food pairing. This pairing of St. Martin’s Belgian beers and food hits all the traditional wow factors you hear about well paired foods and wine.

First up was the cream of Belgian endive soup and the St. Martins Blond (a golden ale). The soup was light yet hearty in texture, perfect for a winter night. When enjoyed alongside the Blond, its sweetness and carbonation take the soup to new heights. It pops in the mouth and each spoonful is as good as the last. Here we see how a beer, like wine can compliment and elevate a food.

For the entrée, we are being treated to Braised Beef Short Ribs in St. Martin Brune (a dubble). First, this beer won first place for Worlds Best (Abbey) dark beer at the 2009 World Beer Awards (London). The Brune has a sweet aroma of raisins, brown sugar and citrus with a thick slow-drinking taste. Not overly sweet despite the aroma with a hint of the carbonation that made the golden ale so memorable; it complements the ribs perfectly, adding to the lusciousness of the slow cook beef without competing. Used in the dish, it reduces to a ridiculously sinful sauce that will tempt you to lick the plate.

For desert the march of gourmet dishes continues with caramelized pears, vanilla bean gelato served with the St. Martin Tripple. The higher alcohol of the triple singes away that first caramel layer of the bite and then submits to the continuous flood of vanilla, caramel and pear. This beer has a light mouth feel and lets the gelato and fruit tastes keep to the front. It is a perfect accompaniment to help close out a fantastic dinner. Fine to sip even after the pear and gelato are long gone.

There are few chances to enjoy this kind of dinner here on the peninsula, so even during the busy Christmas season it is a must go for anyone who loves beer or fine food. Call Peter for reservations: 650-365-3226.

Next meeting reminder and other tid bits

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Tonight in the Palo Alto:

Gordon Biersch WinterBock

“A strong, dark beer with bold flavor combined with a gentle hint of holiday sweetness.”

Tuesday, November 17th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
640 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA
650-323-7723

Enjoy the music of the Stanford Band as we kick off our tapping party, free appetizers, and their new winter beer!

November beer club meeting is nigh!

Lagunitas Brewery

November meeting

Wednesday night (the 18th) at Angelica’s Bistro at 6:30pm in the bar area, Michael from Lagunitas Brewing.

The Bad Elf line of winter beers are available at your local stores! Probably the best prices are found at World Market Cost Plus.

I believe the Sam Adams Utopias is sold out locally. Boo!

This years Jubel Ale from Deschutes brewing is a nice change from years past, go check it out.

There is a Sam Adams brewers pack out now that includes their Coastal Wheat and the love it or hate it Cranberry Lambic plus the always coveted Holiday Porter.

Speaking of porters, Angelica’s now has Speakeasy Hunters Point Porter on tap.

Friday at K&L Wines in RWC:

Friday, November 20th from 5-6:30 in the Redwood City Tasting Bar.

The cost of the tasting will be $10 and the lineup will be something close to the following:

2009 Deschutes Brewery “Abyss” Russian Imperial Stout, OR $11.99
The Bruery “Two Turtle Doves” Belgian Dark Strong Ale, CA $11.49
2009 Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, CA $1.79
Ridgeway Brewing “Reindeer’s Revolt” UK Christmas Ale, UK $5.99
Hook Norton Brewery Co. “Twelve Days” UK XMas Ale, UK $5.49
Brasserie De La Senne “X-Mas Zinnebir” Pale Ale Belgium $13.99
De Struise Brouwers “Tsjeeses” Belgian X-Mas Ale, Beligum $8.49
2008 Amager Bryghus “Julebryg” Danish Barleywine, Denmark $9.99
2008 Mikkeller “Santa’s Little Helper” Belgian Ale Denmark $14.99
Nøgne-Ø Winter Ale, Norway $8.99
High & Mighty “Home For The Holidays” Brown Ale, MA $7.99

Next month:

December Beer & Food Pairing
Peter is doing his beer tasting on December 18th. Enjoy a 3 course dinner, food prepared with and paired to the beers of St. Martin.

Bonus winter brew bottle to take home and enjoy later!

Menu to follow soon.

Prost! JT

Next meeting and a newsapalooza!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

First, email me if you want to join our beer of the month club. Simply I will pick 4 different beers that you aren’t likely to find locally and box up 3 of each kind (so 12 beers total) for you to taste and share with your friends. I’m still working on pricing (I have to get boxes, pick beers etc… but it will be cheaper/competitive to buying them and we save on shipping because you can pick them up =).

The next meeting will be on November 18th at 6:30pm in the bar area of Angelicas Bistro. Our special guest is Michael from the locally famous Lagunitas Brewery Company; you won’t want to miss this one, samples of the special brew, with a bonus bottle to take home.

I’ll have a few t-shirts to give away from the Cafe Press store and I hope to have a handout on beer and food pairing ready for distribution.

Bev Mo is sponsoring a Holiday beer Fest at Fort Mason, San Francisco. Tickets are $35 (available only online) and includes all your beer tastings for the day. It will be held on November 15th, from 1 to 4pm. A portion of the proceeds of to the Culinary Arts Foundation so come and drink beer and support your local chefs! 😉

Sam Adams is set to release their uber-beer Utopias this month. If you are interested, get to your local beer purveyor and put your name in, only a few bottles each go to each store from the local Sam Adams distributor so competition for this unique release is intense. Pricing should be in the $175 range at checkout.

Devils Canyon added two more Brew On Premises dates. Check them out if interested.

Pastry A Go Go is making a fresh batch of their beer cakes tonight. Follow them on twitter for special deals!

Don’t forget the Bisto’s beer festival is coming up, see below for more details!

Prost!

JT

R’Ocktober Meeting and 99 bottles…

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm in the bar area at Angelica’s Bistro. Hope to see you all there.

Please come dressed as your favorite rock star and be prepared to karaoke their biggest hit! Ha-ha just kidding. Our guest this month will be Michael Hartman of B United International and we will be tasting a few beer from Scotland’s Harviestoun Brewery in Clackmanshire. Here are some he may be bringing.

Drink – Type

– Bitter & Twisted – Bitter
– Old Engine Oi – Old Ale
– Old Engine Oil Special Reserve – Old Ale aged in whisky casks
– Ola Dubh – matured in Highland Park Cask

“Harviestoun is a British brewery founded in 1984 by Ken Brooker in a 200 year old stone barn on a farm in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Moved in 2004 to Alva Industrial Estate in Alva, Scotland. Was bought by Caledonian Brewery in 2006. Harviestoun produces cask ales and filtered bottled beers. The most notable brands are Schiehallion, Bitter & Twisted and Old Engine Oil.”

Jerry saw this earlier this week and wanted to share with the Beer Club.

99 Bottles of Beer coming to U.C. Berkeley Hearst Museum

I don’t usually associate museums with beer, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen next month at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the U.C. Berkeley campus. All in the name of education, of course. ….

Brooks on Beer covers it too, but Jerry new first!

DCB Beer Friday and Oktoberfest at Angelica’s on Saturday

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

It’s the last weekend in September and we have two beer related events coming up:

  • DCB Beer Friday 5:30 till late – more details at their website
  • Angelica’s Bistro Oktoberfest!!!!! all day Saturday !!!! shows starts at 8pm. 6 extra beers on tap! Dancing! Great food!
  • In this week’s San Jose Mercury’s Food & Wine section on Wednesday:Jay R. Brooks – How beer is judged

    For your listening pleasure here is Simply beer interview with Rob Tod, founder of Allagash. Also found on iTunes.

    I hope to see you all at the local events. Prost!

    September meeting (9/16/08 6:30pm) info and a happy OktoBEERfest to All

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    Update: Jerry is bringing a genuine German beer stein from his private collection to raffle off at tonight’s meeting!

    Our next meeting is a little over 24 hours away and Peter has convinced rep for arguably the oldest brewery in the world, the German state-owned Weihenstephan brewery in the city of Freising, Bavaria to come seduce us with their brews. As always 6:30pm in the bar area at Angelica’s Bistro. Hop to see you all there.

    The Mercury carried another article last week of Jay R Brooks on Beer and he talks about the history of Oktoberfest. It’s a decent read.

    The article is titled September is Oktoberfest if the link changes over time.

    “It’s only the second week of September, so naturally my thoughts turn to Oktoberfest. Given the name, it’s understandable that many people think Oktoberfest is an October festival. But the festivities traditionally begin in September. So if you’re planning on attending Earth’s biggest beer festival, you’d better make plans immediately — Munich’s festivities open Sept. 19….”

    Peter is switching up his beers again so if you have any ideas send them in to me.

    Angelica’s is hosting its own local Oktoberfest on the 26th with 6 additional German beers available, Der Brasswoks Band and possibly a dancing goat. Seriously, how can you pass up to two-step with a goat? Beer Club members get a $5 discount on the door fee.

    More news to follow on the blog as soon as I finish getting the company corporate taxes out the door. Prost!

    Next meeting and more…

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009
    RWC Beer Club

    RWC Beer Club

    A special thanks goes out to George John and Thomas of Speakeasy for the fantastic tasting and insiders view into one of San Francisco’s best family sized brewery.  My favorite, the barrel aged porter was out of this world and a real boon to taste before it’s all gone. Don’t forget Speakeasy does a Firkin Friday at the brewery every Friday from 4 to 9pm!

    Our next beer aficionado will be David Grey of Weihenstephaner Brewing in honor of the upcoming Octoberfest (9/26 at Angelica’s).  Details of the Octoberfest even to come.  Check back soon!

    Later this week I will be posting an upcoming beer events list for the bay area and some links to must read beer websites.

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    Victor the generous!


    And lastly but not forgotten a big hoorah goes out to beer club member Victor Rising for his recruiting efforts and bringing us the growlers of IPA and lager to taste.

    Prost!

    August Meeting (tonight!)

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

    Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

    Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30pm in the bar area of Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City.  Our guest is the head brewer at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers and their local rep Thomas Yracheta.

    Here are the beers they are bringing for the tasting.

    Blonde Ale – Belgian style white ale (brewed as part of an event where many brewers interpreted the style)

    Double Daddy – Imperial IPA (new hop configuration and better than ever)!!

    Black IPA – no longer available!

    Hope to see you all there.  Questions, directions, or whatever?  Email or call me, I’m always happy to help.

    ps: the latest Simplybeer.com podcast is out.

    Next meeting looms!

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

    Cheers to all!

    The next meeting is tomorrow night at 6:30 down at Angelica’s Bistro in the bar area.  Our guest is a representative from the Spaten/Gulden Drak local distributer.  Afterwards, for anyone interested I will be giving away an introductory book to home brewing and talking about the process.  It will be more question and answer driven than a formal presentation.  Hope to see you all there.  JT

    June meeting (tonight!)

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    Hello all, a quick reminder about tonight’s beer club meeting. We are gathering about 6:30 at Angelicas’s Bistro (directions); expect the Duvel rep around 7, he is down at the Rose and Crown around 5 kicking off a new Duvel beer release.

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    We will be tasting Jerry’s home brew Imperial Pilsner, Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Maredsous 10 Tripel.

    We’ll be talking about future meetings, home brewing and what to put on tap. Personally I’ll be getting myself some of those chipotle wings before the start. =) Hope to see you all there.

    JT