Monday, April 07, 2008

Every month is Belgian beer month

But April, especially so... One gets overly, some might say unduly excited at the prospects that Toronado's yearly month of Belgian love could deliver. So it was with great terror that we came across this sign posted to the door yesterday when we arrived to get our fix:



There was a point when I thought that that picture was going to be all I'd be posting this morning. But no! Actually, our timing actually worked out to be somewhat of an advantage, considering when we finally slipped in, we essentially walked in on the tail end of a total (and somewhat secret) lovefest: the annual Toronado Belgian beer and food pairing dinner, whipped up by local beer chef Sean Paxton Bruce Paton (of the infamous Cathedral Hill beer dinners) [thanks, Alan]. Brookston, Vinnie, David - all the local beer cognoscenti were there and particularly chummy having just finished a 12 11 course [thanks again], 15 (!) beer tasting day that had started at 11:30 am. And the beers! Oh the beers. Started with one of my all-time favorites, a draught pour of the Cuvee van der Keizer from Gouden Carolus, a complete stunner of a strong dark Belgian special ale, and it just got better from there.


From front to back - Val Dieu Grand Cru, Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bon Voeux, and a spur of Bosteels Kwak. (And yes, that's the cleanest, brightest Toronado you're ever going to see.) Thanks to the kindness of a slightly inebriated stranger, we also got to sample one of Russian River's mostest specialest barrel-aged beers, the Toronado Twentieth Anniversary Ale, as poured from a 3L (!) cork-finished bottle, a truly exceptional, high-octane Flanders red. The cruelest month? Eliot obviously never paired a saison with boar sausage...

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5 Comments:

Blogger JJ said...

Haha, you're right, I must have really JUST missed you since I too rambled in to Toronado post-dinner.

11:20 AM  
Blogger AlanC said...

I notice you got the chef information wrong. Although Bruce Paton was there, he was attending the feast. It was Sean Paxton (www.homebrewchef.com) who delived the incredible 11 course meal.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Thanks for the clarification, Alan! Yeah, I noticed something wasn't right with my intel when I saw Brookston's recap. For correcting my mistake, I'll let you take me to the dinner next year as your date.

4:09 PM  
Blogger AlanC said...

Let me know if you want to attend. I happen to be the chief dishwasher and I think I could add you to my crew. I needed help finishing off all those left over pitchers pitchers of Toronado 20th anniversary brew!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Alan! If there is *one* thing I can do - and damn well, I might add - is wash dishes while helping to "empty" pitchers. Is it too early to put it on my calendar?

9:44 AM  

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