Friday, March 13, 2015

Elevation Brewing pair up with Alfalfa Market in Boulder

Barley's Angels Colorado had another outstanding event with Elevation Brewing at Alfalfa Market in Boulder. It was a snowy night and more women then I thought who braved the weather for a beer pairing. I assumed the beer pairing was in the market but ended up being in the back offices in a community room.
Community room at Alfalfa Market.

 Megan Braid, Elevation Brewing sales representative was on hand to talk about the beers while Deborah Cameron, founder of the Barley's Angels Colorado chapter served us the food that was being paired with the beers. She brought her own glassware for everyone, little taster snifters. I ended up with the smallest glass, boohoo :(

Deborah Cameron announcing
future Barley Angels events.
Megan Braid.

First course was a Peruvian quinoa salad that had black beans, corn, and bell pepper that was paired with Elevation blue series First Cast IPA ale, 6.5% ABV, with the slight bitterness on the finish surprisingly went well with the salad.  You know me, not an IPA fan but this one was rather palatable.

Took this before the IPA was poured,
then forgot to take another picture.

The next course was for the next two beers, a cheese and meat plate which consisted of a French blue cheese, a goat Gouda cheese, and a spicy salami. The first beer was a 6.2% ABV  Porter, the Little Mo'.  With it's coffee nose and solid porter flavor, it paired well with the salami and with the Gouda.

Apis IV, a 10.7% ABV Belgian Quad also went well with the cheese and meat plate especially the blue cheese which was changed by the sweet flavor of the beer. The Apis IV is brewed with Colorado honey in the boil.

The dessert pairing was with SeƱorita Horchata Imperial Porter which is brewed with Madagascar vanilla and cinnamon. This 8.4% ABV porter cut the sweetness of the coconut and chocolate from the German Chocolate cupcake.  The cupcake was rather dry so the porter helped much.

It was a nice food and beer pairing even with the snowy weather outside.

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