Friday, November 02, 2007

Schlafly road warriors invade Louisville: L & N beer dinner Nov. 13, then big beer at Little Sicily the following day.

Any excuse to visit the L&N Wine Bar and Bistro is sufficient, but when combined with a visit and beers by the Schlafly beer team, it’s something not to be missed.

Which brings us to the forthcoming Schlafly Beer Dinner at the L & N on Tuesday, November 13 ... and here’s the menu.

Scallop ceviche
Mushroom, avocado, ginger and fire roasted cherry tomato salad; paired with Schlafly Hefeweizen.

Seafood Bisque
Served with shrimp garnish; paired with Schlafly Pale Ale.

Coriander and Cumin encrusted pork chop
Boulanger potatoes, braised granny smith apples and red cabbage, lager & mustard cream sauce; dual pairings: Schlafly Dry Hopped American Pale Ale and Schlafly Number 15.

Hazelnut Ice Cream
Paired with Schlafly Coffee Stout

Starting time is 7:00 p.m. The price is $45 plus tax and gratuity, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 502-897-0070.

The following day (Nov. 14), presumably sated and having made all their required promotional visits and sales stops, the Schlafly crew will reassemble at Bearno’s Little Sicily (Highlands branch on Bardstown Road) to unveil Schlafly’s 2007 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, about which the brewery has this to say:

This beer is our interpretation of a classic style. Around the time of the Louisiana Purchase, beer was not the mass-produced, light lager that most people consume today. Beer was darker in color, full-flavored, aggressively hopped, and had a high initial gravity. All of these characteristics would have helped the beer to remain fresh during extended periods at warmer temperatures while it was shipped in wooden barrels. If one had been lucky enough to receive a used Bourbon barrel full of Imperial Stout, this is what their happy taste buds would have encountered: roasty, rich, malty Imperial Stout with a strong dose of caramel, oak, and Bourbon character.

The Bearno’s event starts at 8:00 p.m., with the 2007 vintage on hand as advertised, as well as “a few bottles of last year's vintage.”

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