Envy Wine Room, located in Old Town Spring, is known for their fabulous wine dinners. However, last week, Envy treated guests to a very special beer dinner featuring St. Feuillien Brewery. Our host for the evening was the highly entertaining and charismatic Chad Pilbeam, owner of Beer Logic. The food for the evening was thoughtfully paired with each course and prepared by Clay Alling of The Provisioner's Tale. St. Feuillien is a Belgian brewery known for making "abbey style" beer. Founded in 1873, St. Feuillien is a top-fermenting beer brewed with the purest water and highest quality hops and malt.
Our first course was a Saison (6.5%) paired with an arugula salad, goat cheese, and a walnut vinaigrette. Saison, known as beer of the terroir, is a farmhouse ale that is light with a dry finish. A very classic beer with a slight citrus taste. Next was a grilled chicken breast served over a pesto cream pasta paired with a Grand Cru (9.5%). The Grand Cru is hoppy in aroma, yet has a subtle and slightly fruity taste. It is reminiscent of champagne.
The third course was a Triple (8.5%) paired with a prosciutto and mozzarella crostini. Rich, malty, and slightly effervescent, the Triple has a pleasant lingering taste. The next course was cocoa and coffee rubbed smoked beef paired with a Brune (8.5%) and the Speciale (9%). Both the Brune and Speciale are dark in color and full of spice. Excellent choices for grilled meats.
Dessert was a bing cherry chocolate bar served with Kreik de Jacobins Cherry Sour. This was the first time I have ever tasted a sour ale and I was pleasantly surprised. It is highly carbonated with champagne like bubbles. Both a sweet and sour cherry taste is present and it paired well with the chocolate bar.
St. Feuillien may be hard to pronouce, but the beers are easy to drink. My favorites of the night were the Saision, Grand Cru, and Speciale. This was definitely one of the most fun events I have attended at Envy Wine Room.
For information on future events at Envy Wine Room, visit www.envywineroom.com.
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