And on the seventh day he rested, for lo, he was full of pork and beer and good cheer. Maybe I’m paraphrasing here, but if you’re in the Dallas area, this could be you next Sunday, after a week of beer-inspired food paired with some carefully selected Avery beers.
The folks at three Dallas restaurants ( Meddlesome Moth, The Common Table, and The Libertine) have put together six days of craft beer and food pairings in an effort to showcase just how well great beer matches up with great food. They don’t go too far into the food, but the beer list is inspired:
Monday (Oct 18) at the Libertine with a food pairing with Avery Salvation (a Belgian-style golden ale), followed by Tuesday at The Common Table where Avery Salvation will again be paired with a beer-inspired menu. On Wednesday The Meddlesome Moth offers flights of The Demons Series (Avery’s The Beast, Sameal, and Mephistophles) and Avery’s 17th Anniversary Black Lager. Return to The Libertine on Thursday for The Trinity Series (Avery Salvation, Reverend, and Hog Heaven barley wine). Save some room in your hollow leg for Friday at The Common Table, when The Dictators Series (Maharaja Imperial IPA, Czar Imperial Russian Stout, and Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest) promises to blow your mind. Saturday’s final event at The Meddlesome Moth features, again, Avery Salvation.
Looking at the schedule, every day is tempting, but I certainly wouldn’t miss Friday, as those are some of my Avery favorite beers.
Of course, I’ll miss them all, because I’m in New Jersey, but I find the idea inspiring. Why? Well, things aren’t easy for craft beer fans in Dallas – many folks there love good beer, but distribution and state laws conspire to keep many desirable brews out of the Lonestar State.
Seeing an event like this one shows that the will of the craft-beer-loving people is finding a way to bring attention to craft beer and to provide a week’s worth of tasty treats to local beer nerds. It’s also a chance for folks new to “big” craft beers to get turned onto them. It’s certainly a step in the right direction.
It reminds me of what our pal Rick Boyd (the Beer God of Boise) is doing up in his neck of the woods – finding a way to spread the gospel of craft beer in challenging circumstances. Rick has started up an Internet beer business which allows him to also offer many impossible-to-get-in-Idaho beers at his real-world storefront. This has allowed guys like my brother to get a taste of beers they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. It also means that folks in the Boise area can come in and discover the wonderful world of craft beer. It’s an oasis of beer geekdom.
These are just two examples of folks using their creativity and resourcefulness to spread the gospel of great beer, and I think it’s a very good sign for the future of the industry.
I’m sure it will get to the point where craft beer is thriving everywhere, but in the meantime I get a thrill every time I see people who are passionate about good beer pushing the rock a little farther up the mountain.
UPDATE: Cathy from Houston Beer Week left a comment with more good news for Texas beer nerds:
Very happy to see this in Dallas! They are the last of the big Texas cities to embrace craft beer. However, you shouldn’t overlook our efforts in Houston with the first ever Houston Beer Week (going on right now — Oct. 11-17th, 2010 ), and the Monsters Of Beer Festival which is a charity event featuring only Texas breweries. And, our pals in Austin who are about to have their first beer week. There are plenty of us in Texas who want to open the door to great craft beer! Thanks for helping to spread the word!!