Ciao Trattoria Pairing Dinner Recap

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Ciao Trattoria Pairing Dinner Recap

Last month, we partnered with Chef Dave Lucht at Ciao Pizza Trattoria to create a six course beer dinner where each course was thoughtfully paired with one of our beers, accentuating and complementing the flavors in both the beer and the food! As we continue with these regular dinners, we love seeing so many people show up to take part in the delicious and educational events and really hope to demonstrate beer’s potential to pair with food. Between the complex array of flavors, varying levels of acidity and carbonation, there’s so much to play with!  So this holiday season, show up to your festive dinners with a bottle of beer in tow instead of wine and shock everyone with how well the flavors pair with the meal!   

And if you haven't been able to attend one yet, watch our social media and newsletter for the announcement of the next pairing dinner! 

The six courses featured:

1. Smoked Oysters w/ Alesong White this unique and briny delicacy paired amazingly with the subtle spicy flavors of the Alesong white. The crisp finish of the beer was perfect to wash down the tang of the oysters. 

2. Sorrel Salad tossed in spruce tip vinaigrette w/ Visions — the mild tartness and flavors of melon and citrus in the beer complemented the pickled kiwi berries of the sorrel salad while the spicy microgreens offered a balance to the tart fruit characteristics. 

3. Beet and potato ravioli w/ Touch of Brett: Mandarina — paired with the dense earthiness  of the beet and potato, the bright citrusy character of this beer was just right to add some contrast. We love how the tropical and spicy aromas from brett fermentation in this beer cut through the heavy and full flavors of the hopped-butter tossed raviolis. 

4. Porchetta & celeriac puree w/ Pomme —the earthy apple flavors of Pomme combined with the smoky Italian roast pork in a classic pairing while the mild acidity of the beer cut through the richness of the pork..

5. Sgroppino 75 w/ French 75 — by combining lemon sorbet, gin and French 75 this Sgroppino was the perfect palate cleanser to prepare us for the dense flavors to come. The botanicals in the French 75 were highlighted by the addition of gin, while the lemon sorbet gave the drink a creamy feel that washed over our entire palate. 

6. Stout Ciocolatto w/ Vanilla Rhino Suit — The layers of almond cake, hazelnut gianduja, chocolate mousse, and ganache in this Ciocolatto from Excelsior Bakery were the perfect pair to complement the deep cocoa and vanilla profiles of our vanilla rhino suit. Together, the sweet flavors in the cake and the beer came in smooth velvety harmony that left us savoring every bite like it was our last.  

Click through the gallery to see some of our captures from the evening!

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Bring beer to your Holiday Table!

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Bring beer to your Holiday Table!

It feels like just yesterday we were handing out candy to eager trick or treater’s, but the holiday season managed to sneak up on us. With the arrival of December comes the time to indulge in decadent food and plenty of drink to wash it all down. We know that tradition would have you bring a nice bottle of wine to your holiday feast, but we’re big believers here at Alesong that the right beer can actually fill this role even better than your go-to Chardonnay, so this year we’re challenging the status quo and bringing beer to our holiday celebrations! Luckily, our November release came at just the right to introduce some food-friendly beers to your table.

The process of barrel-aging introduces so many complexities, and unique flavor profiles to each of our beers, leaving endless opportunities to pair them with food. This season we’ve got a full line-up of beers to complement each of your holiday dishes! Below are a few ideas to get you in the mood to pair, but we certainly encourage venturing out and seeing what heavenly matches you can come up with!

All beers are available for purchase in our tasting room—

Raspberry Parliament with a pre-meal cheese and charcuterie plate.
Our tart and fruity Raspberry Parliament is the perfect foil for creamy and rich cheeses and the raspberry flavors sing alongside any pork-heavy sausages. Don't forget a few salty pickles and almonds to round out the flavor sensations!

Four Merchants with pecan pie
Four Merchants is dry enough to balance the rich sweetness of the pie, and the subtle spices in the beer will give the perception that the pecans were roasted over an open fire with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Dessert times two!

Rhino Suit
Forget the food. This bourbon-barrel- aged imperial milk stout will stand in for dessert by itself! Or, float some cinnamon gelato in it for the ultimate beer float, and don't forget the whipped cream.

Pomme with spicy sausage and Hawaiian bread stuffing
A mixture of sweet pillows of toasted bread, aromatic herbs and medium spicy sausage will not need the addition of apples if paired with our Pomme.  Tart and refreshing with waves of fall apple flavors that intertwine with the stuffing’s complexities and richness, refreshing the palate after every sip.

Touch of Brett Mandarina with roasted beets, herbed goat cheese and orange zest
The dish is sweet, the beer is dry.  Earthy brettanomyces aromas will find a match in the herb encrusted goat cheese and the citrus hops in the beer will bring familiarity to the palate with the fresh orange zest scattered across these luscious root vegetables.

Visions and the Rosemary and Sage roasted Turkey
Light bodied and with medium acidity, Visions is the perfect beer for a heavy meal.  The tartness cuts through the fatty and rich roasted notes in the turkey, while the mild fruitiness from the Muscat grapes grabs hold of the herbs upon the turkey’s crispy skin and refreshes the palate for the next bite.

Our tasting room is open seven days a week 12:00-6:00PM! We will be closed for the holidays December 24th-25th and January 1st, so if you want to ring in the new year with some Alesong, make sure to give us a visit before 2019!  

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Get to Know Your Beer: Four Merchants

At Alesong, we often have to look at our history to understand our future. Such is the life of a brewery who utilizes aging to craft their beers!

Four Brothers Quad was a  Belgian-style quadruple that we released in late 2016.  Half of that batch was laid to rest in retired Rum barrels and was transformed to become Four Pirates, which we released in early 2018. Both beers were rich and strong and had a great malty complexity, especially the latter.  We happened to brew that base quad again last year, but this time filled some pinot noir barrels to see what results we could muster from the oak. Because aging in wine barrels is very different from the boozy vanilla flavors you get from bourbon barrels and the deep molasses sweetness from rum barrels AND because we are rushing right into another holiday season (it's true. Less than 8 weeks until Christmas as I type this!), we decided to complement the aroma and flavor with a few seasonal spices. We first hand zested fresh oranges and ground up some fresh ginger.  We steeped the aged quad on these spices and continued by adding a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg— just a kiss of each.  I liken it to your barista shaving a touch of aromatic spice to your eggnog latte, if you're into that kind of thing.

Now, all of the aforementioned spices are sitting on the beer as I tell you about it.  I could wax poetic about how it's been sitting in bottles for the last month, rough corners being smoothed, or I could be real since we choose to pull back the curtains and let you inside our brewery with these blog posts, and just tell you what I taste instead. The level of spicing that we chose to add was just enough to enhance the character of the beer that's been maturing for just under a year, but not bury it. From the aroma, notes of fruit (fig, apple, plum) and spice meld with medium-high alcohol notes, all typical fermentation characteristics of strong Belgian Ales.  The body is dry to medium with a touch of cocoa on the tip of the tongue and maybe a little citrus on the mid palate.  It finishes with a little tannin like drying on the tongue, a vinous fruit flavor, and mildly lingering baking spice expression.  Each individual spice that we added doesn't really stand out from the rest, and is almost hard to pick up, but they intertwine with the flavors from the base beer and are held together by the oak structure. 

Drinkability and enjoyment is our main goal during blending and finishing of all beers at Alesong, and Four Merchants fits the mission. This beer is complex and intriguing, but not overpowering.  Four Merchants is going to be a beer you'll want to pair with many of your courses this Thanksgiving— from grandma's cranberry sauce to your brined and smoked heritage turkey, this will be a winner. Even the pecan pie will sing if you crack a Four Merchants.  Time to get this in the bottle for our November 11th release party.

Cheers!


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Get to Know Your Beer: Farm Fresh

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Get to Know Your Beer: Farm Fresh

We do everything a bit slower than industry standard here at Alesong. Most breweries have picked, brewed, released and enjoyed several fresh hop beers before we even get one out of the cellar. But hey, we like things slow out here in the country. Along with all the fresh fruit we processed this summer we found some time and a couple barrels to do a small fresh hop blend. We worked with a local grower, whose farm sits below Mt. Pisgah here in Eugene, to get 20lbs of fresh Centennial hops straight off the vine. We then stuffed a couple barrels full of the fresh hop cones and transfered mature sour blonde beer on top of it. Then we waited and tasted the beer every couple days until we thought it was just right, about a month later. It was then racked into a blending tank and packaged.

Farm Fresh is bursting with fresh hop aroma and flavor. This blonde colored beer is tart on the pallet and finishes dry. This beer was a tiny blend so it is club only. Get it on the pre-sale!

Cheers,

Brian

 Norton Hop Farm!  Local Eugene hops!

Norton Hop Farm! Local Eugene hops!

 Barrel Full O’Hops!

Barrel Full O’Hops!

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Get to Know Your Beer: Rhino Suit '18

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Get to Know Your Beer: Rhino Suit '18

That’s right, the classic imperial stout that began our exploration into aging in bourbon barrels is making a return. Rhino suit was one of the first spirits aged beer we released here at Alesong back in 2016, and it encouraged the production of multiple variants of the same style — Vanilla Rhino Suit, Mocha Rhino Suit and the latest Señor Rhino were all inspired by that initial bourbon barrel-aged stout.

 This quarter, we thought it best to revisit where it all started and bring back an original. Why would we go back to the classic Rhino Suit you may ask? Because Imperial Milk Stouts aged in Bourbon barrels are delicious! We always say that we don’t typically brew the same beer twice, and even with the same name that still holds true. Every barrel we use has a unique flavor profile. Little differences in aging environment, grain bills and maturation time have some effect on everything we make. So, although we’re starting with the same classic beer, this Rhino Suit is sure to have a different tailored fit than its predecessor.

This beer started with our typical process— we brewed the imperial milk stout with the addition of lactose (a sugar non-fermentable by yeast) which results in a rich and creamy beer. We then threw it in freshly emptied Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels to mature for eight months. During maturation, the beer picked up notes of coconut and velvety vanilla from the barrel’s prior bourbon hold. These notes layered nicely over the chocolatey malt flavors of the base stout.

The 2018 rendition of this beer is oh so drinkable as the weather changes with the season, so grab a bottle for your holiday dinners, and enjoy with dessert or on its own. Let your rhino suit keep you warm this fall, and make sure to join our Blender’s Circle so you never miss out on what’s coming next!

 Cheers!

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