Okay, well it wasn’t *quite* silent between bites on Monday at Ladyface Alehouse…what we had was over a dozen enthusiastic guests participating in a tasting at the brewpub.
Cyrena Nouzille, founder and operator of Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills CA, started this women’s education meet-up about a year ago to offer a deeper sip into beer. It’s designed for women who enjoy flavor, learning about beer, food, and the camaraderie that accompanies the worlds second oldest beverage.
It was my pleasure to have been the specially invited guest to present on the select Ladyface beers made by the very capable head brewer, Dave Griffiths, complemented by Dagoba Chocolate and Cypress Grove Chevre. Seriously. Every palate in the house was happy.
Here’s the deal: when I conduct tasting events – beer, beer & food, cooking with beer and the like – I’m interested in opening minds. An open mind is the best palate. Experimentation and tasting is the name of the game and mix and match we did.
Our faithful server brought out 2 beers (in small glasses) to start, as well as two cheeses to which I added a plate of chocolate. After everything was handed out and around, we got to talking about a few things:
- Smelling your beer. I teach techniques like Blood hound and Drive by.
- Tasting your beer and food together. There’s a marriage just waiting to be tried.
- Some HerStory & other tidbits were thrown in. Questions were raised and conversation ensued.
I know it’s a successful night when I lose by voice – and that I did! The pub is a popular place and rightly so. Comfortable, gorgeous art and design of space, and a delicious beer and food menu entice all comers.
If you’re in search of flavor, taste and taste some more. Visit and enjoy a local brewpub – the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. Ask the management of pubs, breweries, restaurants and bars who carry beer to provide educational opportunities. An educated person has a more open palate, which is good for the whole merry-go-round.
Thanks to Cyrena, Johanna, Adrian (chef), crew and guests who were part of the fun Monday night at Ladyface. Already looking forward to the next time. Call on me when you’d like to have your own special tasting events.
- Beers: Grisette, Trappistine, Ladyface IPA and Russian Lullaby
- Cheese: Cypress Grove – Lambchop, Midnight Moon & Humboldt Fog + Fourme D’Ambert Bleu and Cow Milk Brie.
- Chocolate: Dagoba Lavender Blueberry, Chai & Xocolatl
Many thanks to Cypress Grove Chevre & Dagoba for their participation.