Preview: Sierra Nevada Beer Club

What: Sierra Nevada Beer Club

When: Friday August 16th 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Chantilly Buffalo Wing Factory — 13067 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy Fairfax, VA 22030

Cost: $25

Each month the Buffalo Wing Factory hosts a beer club where a brewery representative demos fives beers each paired with a small plate (I actually got to host one during a month when the rep bailed!). Previous beer clubs have had breweries such as New Belgium, Lost Rhino and Victory. August’s beer club is with Sierra Nevada. Of course you’ve had their famous Pale Ale with the green label and maybe even their Torpedo Extra IPA with all it’s hoppy goodness. But have you tried their Kellerweis, Hoptimum or Porter?

Those are the beers being sampled. The menu is still being developed but here’s the nuts and bolts of the night from someone who’s been to quite a few of these:

  • $25+tax+tip
  • Each sample is about 5oz and most of the time (okay, almost every time) you get a chance at a second helping
  • Every beer is paired with a small plate – usually an appetizer, salad, two small entrées and dessert
  • After the five courses you have a choice of one full-size beer of any of the ones sampled

If you do some math, you get five 10oz samples and another 12oz bottle (that’s 62oz!!) AND dinner for $25 and some change. On top of that, you get to hear professional representation from the brewery on their beers. You don’t have to be a beer geek to have fun so bring the spouse or friends.

If you’re interested, contact me and I can put you on the list. There is very minimal space – around 16 seats and it’s already filling up.

My Big Debut – Beer Club #1

Hosting Beer Club

Hosting beer club at the Buffalo Wing Factory – Photo taken by Mitch Witte

Last Friday, February 22nd, was my big debut as a craft beer professional. Well, almost professional. Getting paid in beer is close enough. My buddy got me a gig hosting a craft beer tasting at a local restaurant, the Buffalo Wing Factory. I represented five beers all from different breweries.

  1. Lost Rhino Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner
  2. Williamsburg Alewerks Washington’s Porter
  3. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  4. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
  5. Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout

The Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner by Lost Rhino in Ashburn, Virginia was our first beer. I explained a bit about the history of the Pilsner and cold-fermented lagers. This was paired with an avocado salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, sweet onions and lime juice. Continue reading

Hoppy Birthday and Happy Home Conclusions

Picture of Birthday Cake

Hoppy Birthday Cake

Saturday my wife and I hosted our first event in our new home we called Hoppy Birthday and Happy Home. It was a great success that I could have never pulled off alone. My wife spent the two previous days prepping and cooking while I kept worrying if we had enough beer (which we did).

The Beers:

Buckets filled with craft beer

Craft beer was not at a shortage

  • New Belgium Trippel
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Bell’s Winter White Ale
  • Leffe Blond
  • Blue Point Toasted Lager
  • Brooklyn Lager
  • Anchor Steam Beer
  • Port City Monumental IPA
  • Stone IPA
  • Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
  • Troegs Java Head Stout
  • Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider
  • Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
  • Port City Optimal Wit

The Food:

Countertop full of food

No one left hungry

  • Beer Bread made with Leffe Blond
  • Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dip made with Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
  • Buffalo Chicken Bites made with Stone IPA
  • Praline Bacon with stout coating made with Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Egg Rolls
  • Cheddar and Cottage Mac & Cheese
  • And more!

COnclusion

Hosting always makes me anxious but this went off without a hitch. I’m excited to host more and have some good ideas for next time.