I thought there would be Avery's flagship beers paired with dinner but to my surprise the beers were the high end and all over 9% alcohol. Each course was a full meal and just the food alone would have cost over $60 then add the beers it would have totaled over $100. This dinner was a steal for just $60. Russ the owner of Choice City Butcher is an Avery beer fan so we received more than a 8 ounce pour for each beer. I felt pretty toasty by time we left for Boulder.
The first course was Avery's Holy Trinity series of Salvation, a Belgian style strong golden ale at 9% alcohol. I tend to like the Bad Sally and the Good Sally which have been soured with Brettanomyces. Salvation was paired with a crawfish cheesecake with a smelt roe sauce. I never would have thought you could make a savory cheesecake that taste good with a creamy smelt roe sauce that didn't taste fishy.
Hog Heaven, a barleywine style ale at 9.2% was paired with a pork loin rolled with goat cheese, pine nuts, and spinach. The pork loin wasn't my favorite and I love pork but the goat cheese added a weird flavor.
|sweet potato coconut curry soup|
|NY strip steak|
The third course was a NY strip steak with a Cuban espresso sauce, zydeco beans, and braubant new potatoes. This was paired with the Meph Addict, Mephistopheles is a 16% stout with coffee beans from the Blind Bean Coffee.
A salad course had mixed greens, walnuts, grapes, and a honey Depuceleuse dressing paired with Depuceleuse, 100% brettanomyces with sour cherries ale then aged in Zinfandel barrels for a year. This ale is 9.7% alcohol and doesn't taste overly alcoholic. And this beer has been aged even more since it's release in April 2010.
|smores pie with fired marshmallow|
I give the overall dinner and beer pairing thumbs up. Russ and his staff did a wonderful job for this dinner.