Just when you thought there was a minute to rest up and reload after how busy downtown has been lately, we go the opposite direction and have two special events in the next 5 days. As the first one is tomorrow, we’d better get cracking!
We’ll be hosting a casual little launch party Thursday, March 3 for a brewery we’ve been waiting on for a long time. Good People Brewing out of Birmingham, Alabama has long been regarded as one of The South’s best and here’s your chance to find out!
I first discovered their beer in Mobile. Always down to sample regional fare, I tried out their pale ale. It’s a good hallmark when a brewery gets the basic styles perfect. Working my way up the ladder, I was about to make a lifetime commitment to their dangerously hoppy Snake Handler Imperial IPA… that is until their Coffee Oatmeal Stout smacked my face and set me straight.
A glass of liquid velvet, this is everything my non-caffeinated self has been missing since ’98! Raw umber color, a moderate, creamy tan head and a smooth body please the sight and touch while the palate is greeted by such a rich, natural, toasty and astringent wave of coffee. Then there’s dark chocolate, molasses and charred grain plus bitter hops amplifying the coffee astringency while also providing a citrus note which is reminding me of a Café Romano.
Good times for Good People! Wander by Hopjacks on 9-Mile Road at 5 pm or stop in downtown at 7 pm to score a pint glass, some brewery goodies and get hooked on this amazingly drinkable beer.
We’ve also gotten the itch to throw another dinner party. On Monday, March 7 we’re pairing up four courses with four different beers from Rogue Ales. Hopjacks chef/owner Joe Abston took my beer suggestions and designed some pretty nice fare around them! There’ll be a Duck Confit Salad with Dead Guy Maibock, Peppercorn Filet Mignon and Sriracha Cream with Brutal IPA, Blue Cheese Mousse and Fresh Apple with New Crustacean Barley Wine/Imperial IPA and a pretty dense dessert we’re pairing up with another coffee-accented item.
The third course’s Cardamom/Cinnamon/Dark Chocolate Flour-less Cake with White Chocolate & Cocoa Nib Anglaise Sauce and Milk Chocolate Curls is screaming for a cup of coffee to thoroughly finish off the diners. Here we’ll be matching it with Rogue’s Mocha Porter. A long list of roasted grains provide the midnight black color and bold scents of espresso, molasses and caramel while its hop profile helps bring out notes of dried dark fruit. Here we’ll find a beer with flavor bold enough for Joe’s dessert but a lighter body to help cut through its heaviness.
Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and seats are going fast! Call or email us for reservations and details.