Birthday Brews and Chews

For my birthday, I had the privilege of multiple birthday dinners. Over last weekend, my mother-in-law cooked a great Mexican Lasagna and made a Snickerdoodle cake especially for me. On Monday, I cashed in my free birthday dinner at Shady Maple. Then, last night my wife’s grandmother brought us out for brews and chews courtesy of Stoudt’s.

For me, Stoudt’s is mostly about their beer, but the food is very, very good. While the beers I drank with dinner were fantastic, a pint of Winter Ale and a cask conditioned glass of Scarlet Lady, the food took center stage. Getting a sausage plate at the great restaurant is always a good choice as the homemade sausages are typically to die for, but I didn’t know what I was in store for when I order a 2 sausage plate including a bratwurst and a weisswurst.

The brat was solid, one of the best I’ve ever had. The weisswurst, on the other hand, was incredible. Now, I must admit that I’ve never had a weisswurst and, thus, have no comparisons, but the traditional Bavarian style sausage made with minced veal and fresh pork bacon was simply incredible. Paired with great brew and it was a meal fit for a king.

The beers, while not the stars of the show for once, were great. The Winter Ale was tasty, but I still miss their old recipe. The Scarlet Lady (one of my favorite go-to beers) was good, but actually tastes better as a traditional tap or bottle than the cask ale version did. And… I was told to get a Brewer’s Reserve bottle to go as part of my birthday present, so I took home a 750 of Old Abominable.

All in all, a good evening for food and beer!

~ by thepaintedman on December 16, 2010.

3 Responses to “Birthday Brews and Chews”

  1. mexican lasagna is one of my favorites!

  2. Is Old Abominable a seasonal brew? I haven’t seen it on the shelves in forever, and I really want to get my hands on some. I’m on a giant Barleywine kick right now. Last month I picked up Brooklyn Monster, Duck-Rabbit Barleywine, Anchor Old Foghorn and Founders Nemesis 2010. All were mighty tasty.

  3. OA is a Brewer’s Reserve beer, which is kinda seasonal. They brew it semi-regularly but not necessarily on a set schedule.

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