Today’s post is inspired by Fred Bueltmann, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and drinking and eating with last week at SAVOR. We were on deck for a Friday Salon, the last one of the evening.
National Building Museum, site of 2011 SAVOR
Fred is a terrific person with a gracious crowd manner. Given that the evening had progressed well for all in the salon room (read: some had a small glow on so they were chatty), he was also excellent at moving straight ahead regardless of the banter in the room. For the most part, the guests were very tuned in.
Fred chose to feature and talk about Beer & Chocolate. While it may be old news to some in the beer community, it’s important to remember that there are still millions of people, and millions of those people are women, who don’t think to pair these two goodies together.
The chocolates were from Gail Ambrosius, Chocolatier Extraordinaire, and the beers were of course from Fred’s brewery, New Holland.
I’ll be so bold as to say the entire room enjoyed the pairings, the information and the great delivery of Fred with his flight of 5. They were:
- Golden Cap Saison Ale with Cointreau Truffle
- Dragon’s Milk Ale aged in oak barrels with Shitake Truffle
- Black Tulip Trippel Ale with Lemongrass and Ginger Truffle
- Pilgrim’s Dole Wheatwine with Sea Salt Caramel Truffle
- Night Tripper Imperial Stout with Cinnamon & Cayenne Truffle
Tonight then WEB is offering Beer and Gelato for our women’s event. We offered it in answer to a huge positive response based on an Imperial Stout malted milk shake at an event last summer. It should prove to be enlightening since most consumers don’t think to pair beer and gelato (or chocolate), much less with dessert in general.
Cheers and chocolate to Fred. Looking forward to keeping the education machine rolling forward.