November 08, 2010

Pics - Lagunitas Dinner 11.07.10

Last night's dinner was the first of our updated series of monthly Brewmaster's Dinners now held on Sunday nights at Beer Kitchen

Lagunitas taphandles at Beer Kitchen - Czech Pils & Fusion IV

Chicago resident & Lagunitas midwest sales rep Karen Hamilton; Karen is the sister of brewmaster/owner Tony McGee, who started the brewery in the small California town of Lagunitas in 1993. Since then the brewery has expanded to Petaluma with a capacity of 100,000 barrels annually, making them the 25th largest craft brewery in the US.

Czech-style Pilsner paired with pastry-wrapped brie & lingonberry-apple compote

Lucky 13 "mondo large red ale" - 8.56% ABV. This keg was cellared in the Foundry cooler for nearly 1 year allowing the hops to mellow and the rich maltiness to proceed to the fore

Lucky 13 served with butternut squash & patty pan soup

India Pale Ale paired with roasted acorn squash & apricot-walnut compote. Lagunitas' IPA was the first to be brewed & bottled in California and remains the #1 selling IPA in the state for over 15 years

Little Sumpin' Wild - their Little Sumpin' Sumpin' hoppy wheat beer - fermented with Westmalle Belgian yeast. Little Sumpin' Sumpin' was so well-recieved that it will become their latest year-round brand in just a few months. Also be on the lookout for Little Sumpin' Stoopid in mid 2011...

Little Sumpin' Wild paired with venison loin in a wild mushroom demi with spaghetti squash & miniature twice-baked potato

Fusion IV paired with a trio of pumpkin brulee, ginger spice cake & salted caramel ice cream. This beer - a blend of lager & ale brewing techniques - is very rare and limited to select markets. Kansas City is now one of those markets.

Tickets are on sale now for December's Bremaster's Dinner, "Feast of Samichlaus", which will feature 6 traditional Christmas dishes from around the world carefully paired with beers from their respective country. $50 including tax & gratuity. More info on that very soon...

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