Upcoming Beer Dinners, Bier And Brats 101, And Just What, Exactly, Is A Starkbier?
|Be sure to wear proper attire when hoisting your stein at Starkbierfest.|
The Ommegang event tonight should be extra special if there is any Chocolate Indulgence left over from yesterday's Valentine's Day tapping. It's the Belgian-inspired, New York-based brewery's 10-year anniversary beer and is labeled as a chocolate stout. However, to me it tasted more like a Belgian dark ale with somewhat subtle cocoa notes, and that's how the folks at Beer Advocate are classifying it as well. Poured from a 750-ml bottle, it was murky dark brown with a tan head, with a creamy and rich but not too thick body. It finished clean with some bitterness, and not nearly as sweet as any other chocolate stout I've had -- and would probably be great on draft.
Also going on tonight, starting at 7, is "Bier 101" at Bavarian Grill in Plano. For $19.50 per person, drinkers get to eat German brats and sample three different Bavarian beers, along with a seminar about the region's rich brewing tradition. The courses continue on the third Tuesday of every month, with Bier 102 on March 15, Bier 103 on April 19 and Bier 104 May 17.
Bavarian Grill and The Common Table alike will also be emphasizing starkbiers in the next few weeks. What is a starkbier? Glad you asked.
Also, Flying Saucer on the Lake is featuring Saint Arnold beers 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24, with the Texas brewery's brewmaster, Brock Wagner. The six-course meal is $40 for U.F.O. Club members, $45 for nonmembers, but it's sold out, so we won't tease you with descriptions of the chipotle hummus with Spring Bock or Elissa IPA, bacon-wrapped cream cheese-stuffed chicken with Fancy Lawnmower and chocolate mousse served with Divine Reserve 9. Still, you might want to check with the restaurant just in case there are any last-minute cancellations.