Last night I attended a Beer Pairing Dinner at 44 Stone. The brewery we were working with was Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, a brewery I have touched on twice in the past – Black Walnut and of course the (now) infamous Saison De Lis.
I say infamous, because I was very critical of this Saison and it received one of the worst reviews I had written in awhile (although not as bad as Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper).
Anyway, as fate would have it – at the dinner, who should coincidently sit across from me – but Phil Wymore, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of Perennial Artisan Ales…..and he knew exactly who I was. Needless to say, there were some tense moments, but in the end – I explained why I was there, to give Perennial another shot and realizing that their beers might actually pare better with food vs just pulling one out of the fridge. I am happy to say that in the end, I was right (although the Saison De Lis is still my least favourite), food pairing definitely had an impact and we (Phil and I) left as friends.
Here are the beers in the order of serving (the links will be updated as I finish each review) -
- Southside Blonde Ale
- Homefront India Pale Ale
- Saison De Lis
- Hommel Bier
- Mint Chocolate Stout
- Violet Pluot Tripel