Friday, April 16, 2010

Brooklyn Brewery Coming To BBCK!

Huge Monday Night Coming To Birch & Barley + ChurchKey
Brooklyn Brewery's Here Featuring Brewmaster Garrett Oliver
Monday, April 19 | 7 O'Clock Dinner | Rare Casks Upstairs

This Monday night, Birch & Barley will welcome Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery and recent James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional, to our inaugural beer dinner at Birch & Barley. We'll showcase an array of rare Brooklyn beers handpicked by Oliver to complement a tasting menu designed by Executive Chef Kyle Bailey. This is an incredible opportunity for beer lovers and foodies alike to sample extremely rare brews (including a few never-before-tasted brews from Oliver’s private stash) with the brewer himself, while enjoying a sumptuous spring supper courtesy of the Birch & Barley team.

Simultaneously, ChurchKey will feature five ultra-rare cask ales from Brooklyn Brewery. In short, this will undoubtedly go down as one of the coolest events happening in DC this spring - and there's still plenty of room to join the fun.

The Brooklyn Brewery Menu


Brooklyner Weisse

Tuna Niçoise Crudo with Quail Eggs, Green Beans, Olive Salt and Pickled Red Onions
Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz 2009

Gnocchi with Rabbit Sausage, Ramps,
Ricotta Salata and Fennel Pollen

Brooklyn Local 1

Lamb Loin with Bulgur Wheat, Asparagus, Peas
and Spring Onion

Brooklyn Local 2

Cheese Course
Grayson with Brooklyn Wild 1 2008 | Pleasant Ridge Reserve with Brooklyn Monster 2008 | Ossau Iraty with Brooklyn Dark Matter

Almond Rhubarb Shortcake
with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Basil

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2009

About The Beers

Brooklyner Weisse
This is a rare version of Brooklyn's ode to the Bavarian Hefeweizen. Typically seen on draft, this iteration is refermented in the bottle for a more complex flavor and a gentler effervescence. Brooklyner Weisse still teems with banana, clove and melon, with a whiff of smoke in the finish. This edition is so limited, there aren't even labels for the bottles!

Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz 2009
A wonderful release from Garret's Brewmaster's Reserve Series that most had thought they would not get another chance to taste. Luckily, Garret stashed some away for our dinner, and it will be fascinating to see how this brew's flavors have evolved. Already delicious on account of the spicing (Ginger, tamarind, mace, black pepper, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and chilies are added) this beer is sure to continue to pair elegantly with Chef Bailey's Tuna Nicoise.

Brooklyn Local 1
This is Garret's homage to the Saison and Strong Golden Ales of Belgium. Brewed with German barley malts and hops, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius, and a special Belgian yeast, this is enticing and unforgettable. Like the Brooklyner Weisse, Local 1 is refermented in the bottle for a palate of unusual depth.

Brooklyn Local 2 The sister brew to Local 1, Local 2 is brewed with European malts and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from New York family farm. Another special Belgian yeast adds a spicy tone to the dark fruit, caramel and chocolate flavors. And of course, Local 2 is also refermented in the bottle for a dry complexity.

Brooklyn Wild 1 2008 A highly sought after rarity from Garret's cellar, Wild 1 is Local 1 aged in Bourbon barrels. The wood adds caramel, vanilla, and coconut notes to an already complex offering, while two years of aging has mellowed out the stronger flavors and rounded the ale into an astounding refinement.

Brooklyn Monster 2008 A Barleywine that is vivacious when young, this 2 year old bottling has evolved into something much more: caramel, toffee, raisin and red fruit all dry out elegantly in a finish redolent of fine sherry.

Brooklyn Dark Matter The most recent Brewmaster's Reserve release, and one of the best yet. This is a strong Brown Ale aged in both Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels then blended to taste. Sweet Bourbon notes mingle with spicy Rye, and all is balanced by the caramel richness of oak.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2009 Dessert in a glass, showing luscious deep dark chocolate flavors. A touch of red fruit is discovered among the nutty, almost port-like flavors this beer has already begun to develop.

Details: Brooklyn Brewery Dinner at Birch & Barley on Monday, April 19. $76 per person + tax & gratuity. For reservations and more information, please call 202-567-2576.

Monday Night At ChurchKey
5 Ultra Rare Cask Ales From Brooklyn Brewery
All Night While Supplies Last

Brooklyn Sabroso Ale: Garrett graciously casked this brew for our event and this is the first time it has made an appearance in the DC area (it is brewed primarily for Danny Meyer's NYC taco bar, El Verano). A refreshing Blonde Ale, with nice hoppy notes (as it is dry-hopped w/ Simcoe) and a touch of citrus (from the addition of orange peels).

Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter:
For those who you who have bemoaned the limited, one-off aspect of Brooklyn's Brewmaster's Reserve Series, here is a cask version of something we thought we wouldn't see anytime soon. Some call this an oatmeal cookie in a glass, and rightfully so. It is a rich Porter with a touch of roast, brewed with golden oats for a silky texture. Raisins, brown sugar, honey, vanilla-beans and a dash of spice all further the complexity of deliciousness!

Brooklyn Dark Matter: Not only is this the most recent Brewmaster's Reserve release, and one of the best yet, but it is unprecedented to see this on CASK!. This is a strong Brown Ale aged in both Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels then blended to taste. Sweet Bourbon notes mingle with spicy Rye, and all is balanced by the caramel richness of oak.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale:
A take on the classic IPAs of England, this brew is a golden hue from choice English malt, and has big hop aromas of lemongrass, pine and citrus. Robustly bitter, with a warming malt palate, and a clean hoppy finish.

Brooklyn Best Bitter:
This is the cask version of Brooklyn's ever-popular Pennant Pale Ale. It is honey-colored, with a brisk, malty taste, and a nicely balanced hop character. Brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, this ale shows biscuity and toasted notes as well as a round smoothness.