December 02, 2009

Pics - Christmas Ale Dinner

Yet another incredible evening of food and beer! Last night's Brewmaster's Dinner featured holiday-inspired dishes carefully paired with 'winter warmer' style beers, holiday ales and even a little wassail. Many thanks to those of you who made it out, for those that didn't, here's what you missed:

People crowded around the Foundry bar before dinner began.

The reception course: warm Brie phyllo cup with cranberry-ginger chutney & toasted almonds paired with Delirium Noel - 10% ABV.

Owner James Westphal (left) & McCoy's Brewmaster Keith Thompson welcomed the guests as they took their seats.

Mr. Pauwels donned his fanciest outfit for the night.

Chestnut soup with Porcini mushrooms, maple glazed onions & sage croutons with Boulevard's extra-hopped "Nutsack" ale - ? ABV. Looks like a pretty happy bowl of soup...

Diners filled the Foundry for our largest Brewmaster's Dinner yet - 64 people!

Cornish game hen, spiced apple prune stuffing, maple-pecan Brussels sprouts with McCoy's Winter Warmer - 9.8% ABV.

Keith preaching the gospel of beer.

Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelles served with St. Bernardus ABT 12 - 10.5% ABV.

James going over January's Dinner menu - 4 strong ales paired with 4 small plates for only $25! More info very soon.

Christmas plum pudding with eggnog whipped cream & Samichlaus Bier - 14% ABV.

The first rule of Ugly Sweater Night: you do not ask about Ugly Sweater Night.

Here we go a-wassailing!

White chocolate pretzel bark with McCoy's homemade wassail: our Winter Warmer simmered with spices, port wine & cider ale. I'll be posting the recipe soon...this stuff was incredible!

Happy holidays!

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