Insane Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel Tasting and Chocolate Pairing at Bangers

fef779a985a308c75b296b3ce0869af8_320x320Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is hosting an event that is truly divine – a Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel tasting Austin beer-lovers didn’t dream to pray for – a tasting with ALL SIX VINTAGES of the Bishop’s Barrel series straight from the personal cellar of Saint Arnold’s founder Brock Wagner. To sweeten the deal, Banger’s Executive Chef Ted Prater will be pairing each beer with a different handmade chocolate confection. It will undoubtedly be six chocolatey matches made in heaven. Check out the menu below!

#1 –  Bourbon Barrel Stout 2011 Paired with bourbon flavored truffle rolled in cocoa

Tasting Notes: Pours a black color with a very light head that dissipates quickly. The nose is all bourbon and chocolate. The taste starts with a mix of spice with the bourbon and chocolate emerging and lingering through the finish. The light carbonation keeps the beer from becoming cloying, almost giving it a perception of lightness. A pleasant sipping beer with the bourbon both present but not overpowering as you work your way through the glass.

#2 – Old Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels Paired with white chocolate truffle

Tasting Notes: This is a beer for people who like their beers a little funkier, while not being a completely wild beer. The Chardonnay barrels came from Saintsbury, founder Brock’s cousin’s winery in Napa, California. The nose is a combination of sour cherry, oaked chardonnay and a wild yeast character. The taste has cherry and light malt up front, chardonnay in the middle and finishes dry with a distinct tartness.

#3 – Bourbon Barrel Stout 2012 Paired with candied pecans, chocolate dipped pecans, chocolate dipped coffee beans

Tasting Notes: Pours a black color with a very light head that dissipates quickly. The nose is all bourbon and chocolate. The taste starts with a mix of spice with the bourbon and chocolate emerging and lingering through the finish. Saint Arnold house yeast adds a slight creaminess. The light carbonation keeps the beer from becoming cloying, almost giving it a perception of lightness. A pleasant sipping beer with the bourbon both present but not overpowering as you work your way through the glass.

#4 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Weizenbock with Cocoa Nibs Paired with chocolate dipped strawberries

Tasting Notes: Pours a dark brown color with a very light head. The nose is bourbon, chocolate and banana. The taste starts with bourbon and a rich maltiness. Chocolate and a light banana flavor emerges, reminiscent of a banana split made with chocolate ice cream. We brewed the base weizenbock again and blended 10% fresh beer in with the barrel aged beer as much of the weizen yeast character had greatly diminished in the barrels.

#5 – Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy Scotch Ale Paired with spicy toffee pudding

Tasting Notes: The base beer is Divine Reserve No. 4, brewer Vince Mandeville’s Wee Heavy recipe that won the gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup in Strong Scotch Ale category. The flavors and aromas of the base beer are true to the Divine Reserve No. 4. It is filled with caramel, toffee, dried figs, cocoa and a slight peaty-ness Where it deviates is with the roundness of flavors the bourbon barrel contributes. Vanilla, cinnamon and touch of rich earthy pipe tobacco mix with an alcohol warmth that adds to the rich creaminess. The great thing about this beer is that the barrel aging adds to the whole without taking away the character of the original.

#6 -Pumpkinator Pumpkin Stout Aged in Rum Barrels Paired with pumpkin spiced dark chocolate truffle rolled in pecans

Tasting notes: Coming in at a bit 13.0%, Bishop’s Barrel #6 is an imperial pumpkin stout that has spent the past nine months aging in oak barrels that previously were used by Appleton Estate to age its rums for 21 to 30 years. The beer released just earlier this week, so only a few chosen ones have gotten a sip, but Saint Arnold describes the beer as smelling like pumpkin pie and rum and tasting like sweet malt, chocolate and spices, followed by a warming rum finish.

Now that you on your knees praying for a way into the event, look here and thirst no more. The blessed occasion will take place on February 26th at 7pm. Each guest will be served 1, 4oz serving of each beer along with it’s corresponding dessert. Additionally Brock and Chef Ted will be on hand to discuss the beer and dessert pairings with guests.

The Devil is in the details, though, and you need to get these tickets FAST. They won’t last long. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saint-arnold-bishops-barrel-tasting-and-chocolate-pairing-tickets-10176653645.

And all the people said “Amen.”

– Sarah

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