One of the highlights of the Great American Beer Festival is the media lunch. It is also a great time for other writers to convene and discuss the beer scene. This year's lunch did not disappoint.
The lunch started off with a butternut squash and poblano chili bisque and
ciabatta coca cardona cheese bit. It was paired with the Flagstaff IPA
made by Lumberyard Brewing
Company. This was probably the best butternut squash bisque I've had.
The intermezzo was pickled pear granita served in neat little push pops.
The tart and sweet pear was a great palate teaser.
Next up were the two beers paired with the main course: Local Species by
Blue Mountain Brewery and Face
Down Brown by Telluride Brewing.
The main course was a boneless short rib braised in
Breckenridge vanilla porter,
rosemary olive oil mashed potato, and applewood smoked bacon and brussels
The meat was wonderfully tender and flavorful. This is one of the best
The last course was the milk chocolate pumpkin mousse cake with cider apples.
It was a well executed dessert, and paired with The Great Pumpkin by
Most of the time, I would say that size doesn't matter most of the time, but
it does with this GREAT Pumpkin. Oh yes, it was also a great beer.