There comes a time in MOST peoples lives when quality becomes more important than quantity. I know, almost inconceivable I know, but it is not really a bad thing, realizing that enjoying the flavor of beer can be better than slamming so much cheap beer that you puke in the backseat of your buddies car. Then if you are lucky, you may realize that beer makes a great accompaniment to meals, and I don't mean popcorn and hotdogs at a ball game, I mean a real, grown-up, sit down dinner. Somehow, beyond all comprehension, I have reached that stage. So now instead of searching out drunken fiestas, we search for interesting beer/food pairings AND WE REALLY ENJOY THEM. Damn, I must be getting old.
One of our favorite venues for beer dinners is the Meddlesome Moth on Oaklawn in the Arts District. Thanks to the long reach of Keith Schlabs we not only get the pairings, we get to meet the brewers who create our favorite libations. Don't think that we attend all of them, we pick and choose based on the brewery and to be quite blunt, not every dinner is successful though kudos for chef Chad Kelly for attempting to produce a pairing for beers as brutal as those produced by the Stone Brewery.
Our welcoming beer of the evening was the Joe's Pilsner (4.7% ABV). This American style lager was quite innocuous and did not offend the palate whatsoever, but it did little to excite it either. A hot summer day on the lake? Why not?
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Our aparatif was a rare ale called Dihos Dactylon. For a description please refer back to the Savor event review.
All in all the night was quite enjoyable and I must say that the dinner, the beers were amazing and Adam Avery was oh so charming and entertaining. But do I really need 9 beers and 5 food courses? I am forced to admit that this was quite a bit over the top and while it may have been worth the $95 per person cost it was just too much. Going to work the next day was difficult to say the least and I will have to consider carefully whether or not I will attend another liver pickler like this one again.
The Meddlesome Moth
1621 Oak Lawn Avenue # B
Dallas, TX 75207-3401
The Avery Brewing Company
5763 Arapahoe Avenue # East
Boulder, CO 80303