Saturday, October 10, 2009

Local Breweries to Host Notable Beer Dinners

There is no shortage of beer and food pairings these days, but what caught my eye recently were two dinners at McCoy’s and 75th Street Brewing. Here we have two small, local brewpubs hosting their own beer dinners – and only one local brew between them. Interesting.

McCoy's is hosting a Trappist ale dinner on November 3rd at 6:30pm. They're serving six courses featuring beers from 6 of the 7 Trappist breweries for $50 per person. That’s quite a deal given the items they’re serving (as posted on BeerAdvocate):

  • Chimay Tripel & Hazelnut encrusted Chevre goat cheese truffles with rosemary honey.
  • Orval & Pumpkin Ale soup with sage croutons and nutmeg whipped cream.
  • Rochefort 10 & roast duck salad with sun dried cherries, candied walnuts and Roquefort cheese.
  • Achel Bruin 8 & seared diver scallops over butternut squash with brown butter sauce and prosciutto.
  • Westmalle Dubbel & braised beef short ribs with shiitake mushrooms and parsnip-turnip puree.
  • La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven) & double layer butternut squash pecan pie with apricot glaze and maple whipped cream.
Why beer from only 6 of 7 breweries? You can't legitimately get that 7th one here in the states - or anywhere outside of the brewery or its adjoining cafe. Westvleteren is the only trappist brewery remaining that still has monk brewers, and they only brew enough beer to sustain the operations and charitable causes of the monastery. They also specifically request that their beer not be re-sold by those who purchase it. Additionally, if you do make the trek out to the monastery, you can only get one case of their beer per month and it must be reserved in advance. 

Now on to 75th Street Brewing. On October 20th, they’re hosting a subdued version of Oktoberfest with a much different tap list than the Munich-based affair. Whoever did their beer selection did a mighty fine job! On the beer list will be Ayinger Jarhrhundert, Tucher Dunkeles Hefeweizen, Brugge Bad Kitty, 75th Street Alt, and Aventinus Eisbock. I wasn’t familiar with the Brugge beer so I looked it up – it’s a Gose! If I could high-five 75th Street, I would.

What’s a Gose? I’ll tell you tomorrow.


  1. I like the new logo.

  2. where did you see the McCoy's dinner on BA? I didn't see it come through the Calendar

  3. A sour Gose? I cant imagine how the tartness wouldn't overwhelm the salt. Though, if its only half as good as Diamond Kings was, it will be fantastic.

  4. Gose is, by definition, sour. :) The salt is barely detectable and really just accentuates the flavor of the beer. I'll post something about it tomorrow; you can find Gose here in the KC area to try.

    DM - I updated the link to BA. It was in the message board for the midwest.

  5. Hey there. Great Job. I just learned about this style and am excited to give it a shot. Do you know off hand what brands are available in KC? I've just grabbed all three Rauchbiers they have at Royal and I'd like to get some gose to go with them. Cheers!


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