I'm back from Belgium and the Netherlands -- and welcome back to Publicanista!, my chosen method of relaying important beer tidings to you, my fellow enthusiasts.
This week, I have only two things to emphasize, as they are occupying all my waking moments at present.
I. The Extreme Belgian Beer Dinner will be held on Monday, March 5 at Bistro New Albany (6:00 p.m. start).
NOTE: TABLES ARE AVAILABLE!
Bistro New Albany and the New Albanian Brewing Company are proud to present “EXTREME BELGIAN,” a six course meal and eight ales that celebrate Belgium's finest cuisine and brewing traditions.
DeuS Brut des Flandres … Sparkling “Champagne Method” Ale (Buggenhout, Belgium)
Brusselae Kasse Frommage de Bruxelles/Beauvoorde/Herve/Limburger
Panil Barriquee … Flanders-style Oak-Aged Red/Oud Bruin (Torrechiara, Italy)
Mossels Gekookt en Hun Eigen Nat
(Mussels cooked in natural juices)
Urthel Hop-It … Belgian-style American India Pale Ale (Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands)
Karnemilk Soep Met Appelkes
(Buttermilk Soup with Apples)
Ommegang Hennepin … Belgian-style Saison (Cooperstown, New York)
St. Jabob Schelpen Opeen Bedje Van Witloof
(Bay Scallops with Belgian Endive)
Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek … Belgian Lambic (with cherries) (Beersel, Belgium)
Konyne Rug met Kriek Bier en GedRoogde
(Slow roasted Rabbit with Cherry Beer)
Savooikool op Z’n Vlaams
(Flemish style Savoy Cabbage)
Nieuwe Aardappelen met Peterselle
(Parslied New Potatoes)
Allagash Musette … Belgian-style Scotch Ale (Portland, Maine)
Tart Flamiche met Chocolat
(Sugar Tart with Chocolate)
Avery “The Reverend” … Belgian-style Quadrupel (Boulder, Colorado)
Trappistes Rochefort 10 … Trappist Ale, brewed by the Abbaye Notre-Dame de St. Remy(Rochefort, Belgium)
What you need to know:
The meal begins at 6: 00 p.m. on Monday, March 5. The Bistro New Albany is located at 148 East Market Street in downtown New Albany. Please place and confirm your reservations with Bistro New Albany at (812) 949-5227.
The price is $65 per person (18% gratuity), and includes 2-oz or 3-oz samples of the featured beers. The Publican (Roger A. Baylor) will introduce the beers, while Chef Dave Clancy holds forth in the kitchen. Many of the beers also will be priced for consumption during the meal, including Urthel Hop-It, which will be the only draft of those being featured. Each diner will receive a complimentary Belgian beer glass as a keepsake.
Special thanks to World Class Beverages, Cavalier Distributing and The Keg Liquors for kind assistance and consideration.
II. Gravity Head begins on Friday, March 9.
Here is the link to the best and most current information available, of which I suspect roughly 95% to be accurate: January progress toward preliminary keg orders for Gravity Head 2007. If you’ve attended previous, you know what to do and when to do it. FOSSILS and LAGERS club members enjoy preferred seating at Prost on Friday, and the Ohio contingent will be visiting again on Saturday.
It is my aim to determine the starting lineup by Monday, March 5. Stay tuned, and visit www.newalbanian.com for everyday information.