Beer-Filled Peak Dinner

Looking for a way to impress your friends? Well, it just so happens I have the perfect opportunity for you. At this weekend’s Peak Dinner, the food isn’t going to be the star. The beer is. And not just any beer. The tasty brewskis of Goose Island Brewery are taking over for the night. So what does that mean for you, you ask? I put together a couple of notes and fun facts on a few of the featured beers you’ll be drinking and eating. Yes, eating. This weekend’s menu will not only feature several of the amazing Goose Island beers, but the food will be cooked with it too. Read all about the beers, hold onto a few factoids here and there, and throw them out there over your beer-poached gnocchi and see just how impressed your buddies will be. (Even more so if you won the tickets to dinner by watching the Morning Show on Sunday River TV7 on Saturday, March 1).

I can’t even drink beer and everyone of these descriptions makes me want to chug an ice cold bottle of gluten…

Goose Island Taps

Pere Jaques

Goose Island Brewery Pere Jaques

Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

APV: 8.7%
IBU: 26 
Color: Warm molasses 
Hops: Saaz 
Malt: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel, Rye Flakes, Special B, Candy Sugar
Serving Suggestions: Wide-mouth glass paired
Food Pairings: Wide variety of foods. Its intense flavors complement rich flavors like bittersweet chocolate or wild game and contrast with spicy flavors like curries.
Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Stilton
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years
Availability: Year Round

Kisetsu

Saision

Goose Island Brewery’s version of an experimental Sake Saision is an ale with Köji and sake yeast producing a hybrid beer like nothing Goose Island has done before. As a part of the Fulton & Wood limited release draft series, separate, small innovation groups made up of Goose Island brewers take on full creative license to brew whatever their hearts design. This small batch of creativity is typically served on draft only in Chicago. For the first time, Saision is coming to Maine for this Peak Dinner.
Suggested Glass: Tulip Glass
APV: 10%
IBU: 20
Color: Honey Drop
Hops: 2-Row, Belgian Pils, Belgian Wheat
Malts: US Saaz, Cascade
Availability: Limited Release

Bourbon County Stout

Goose Island Brewry Bourbon County StoutImperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

APV: 14.2%
IBU: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Willamette
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years
Availability: Limited Release

For more information on Peak Dinners at Sunday River, visit sundayriver.com. Tickets for this event are $79 per person. You must be 21 years old or older to attend and reservations are required by calling (800) 543-2754.

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