If you're not familiar with Table 40's Monday night family-style meals, shame on you! (and check out my review here). And if you're not familiar with Beau's beers, or their hugely successful Oktoberfest celebration, you should be drawn and quartered.
I could go on and on about the food, the beer, how each pairing was bang on, how wonderful it was to have 2 of the brewmasters talk about each pairing, but I'll just leave you with pictures from each course and leave you with yet another cry to PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF SHOES AND WINE, make your way to Table 40 / Fraser Cafe. You will never, be disappointed.
Oh, and thank you to my lovely lady date who enjoyed this feast with me. It's the first of many I'm sure and I'm happy to have a new beer and foodie friend to share adventures with!
- This year, Beau's Oktoberfest will be serving 13 (!) different beers.
- The Beau's Beaver River I.P.Eh is a Spring Seasonal offering. It is a cross between a British pale ale and a West Coast IPA (centennial and cascade hops are just 2 used in this blend). Although I am not a fan of IPAs, paired with the curried mussels dish it was amazing! The creamy curryness of the dish reduced the bitter hop taste of the beer and was one of my favorite pairings.
- The Beau's Gilgamesh Old Ale is aged in old rum barrels, imparting lovely malty, dried fruit and cinnamon flavors to the ale. It aged for a year in North American barrels.
- The gruit ale was the most interesting and complex beer tasted during the evening. The beer was brewed with the help of Margaret Atwood (yes, the famous Canadian author). Bog gruit is a predominant herb in Bavarian beers. The beer is made as an homage to Mrs. Atwood latest novel (the last in the Maddadam trilogy) with 30% of the proceeds going to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. The author came up with the name for this brew (MaddAddamites NooBroo) and wrote the tasting notes.
- Table 40 Monday night dinners are set to start back up in August (yay!), so check out their website for upcoming menus.