April 20, 2011

Pics - Boulevard Beer Dinner 4.17.11

Sunday night's Brewmaster's Dinner featured 5 courses carefully paired with 5 beers exclusively from Kansas City's own Boulevard Brewing Company.  Brewer Jeremy Danner was on hand to discuss the process of making beer in the 10th largest craft brewery in America.  These dinners are always something to look forward to and we thank those of you who continue to support good beer and quality food in Kansas City. 

Fried homemade fresh mozzarella with smoked tomato confit, balsamic reduction glaze & micro greens paired with Boss Tom’s Golden Bock - 6.1%

Herbed chevre potato pancake with baby arugula & roasted beet salad with hops vinaigrette served with the still-in-development Hoppy Wheat; high-gravity Falconer's Flight dry-hopped Unfiltered Wheat - 5.2%; "a new test brew for Boulevard,  sessionable wheat beer with an herbal & citrus hop character".  This beer is continually very well-recieved and there were even some vague references to it possibly becoming a summer seasonal...keep your fingers crossed!

Boulevard brewer Jeremy Danner with his wife and Beer Kitchen manager, Randyl Danner hosted the dinner.  We were also joined by several Boulevard employees who answered questions and spoke with guests throughout the night; very informal & very informative.

Meat & cheese plate of peppered salami with chipotle white cheddar & pickled sweet pepper, breseola with Tillamook cheddar & hops beer mustard, prosciutto with Cambozola brie & thyme honey on honey wheat baguette paired with Single-Wide IPA5.7%

Oven roasted turkey leg with caramelized fennel & roasted garlic mashed potatoes and pan au jus served with Love Child #2 - Belgian-style sour - 10%; "big sour red ale, aged in a single barrel for four years. Aromas of sour cherries and oak with a pleasant sour flavor and medium funk".  Only 55 gallons of this beer were made and we were extremely fortunate to be the first people to enjoy this beer outside of the brewery.  Also, pictures do not do the sheer size of those turkey legs any justice...they were huge

Sixth Glass ice cream float with pink hawaiian salted ice cream with The Sixth Glass - Belgian-style Quad -10.5%.  This dessert was intense!  It seemed to hit every sensory panel of the tongue - bitter, sour, salty & sweet. Delicious! 
All in all, this dinner was a great time for everyone who attended and we're proud to be pushing the boundaries of craft beer in Kansas City alongside our hometown brewery.  We have a ton of special events lined up in May so we won't be having a Brewmaster's Dinner until June, but look forward to some ridiculous special events, contests & tastings during American Craft Beer Week.  More information on that as it develops so, until next time...cheers!

Keep an eye out for Boulevard's own Julie Weeks at :20!

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