Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What about the beets, and the beer?

Roasted golden beetroot (as we call them in The Land of Oz) dressed in walnut oil also accompanied our Chicken a La Julia. Mmmm...

Beers. Firestone Walker's Double Barrel Ale. It's an English-style pale ale using the brewery's Burton Union system of fermentation. Oh, what a perfect beer. It's malty, complex, very "clean" and just delicious. And perfect with the caramelly notes from the chicken and the sweetness of the beets. Mike's dunkel also went perfectly. And his helles wasn't a bad match either. I think we had some rauchbier! We also tried a bottle we brought back from our recent CA trip- Russian River's "Temptation", a blonde ale aged in chardonnay barrels. It was truly unique and delicious, softly malty, appropriate sourness, a little woody and with a definite white grapey taste. Mmmm. At $22.99 for a half-bottle, I was hoping it would be great. Not a great match with the chicken mind you, but a wonderful aperitif.

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