SUPERLATIVES! SUPERLATIVES! Oh, what superlatives to use to describe the most recent beer dinner at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA featuring Dogfish Head beer. If you've grown too accustomed with 60 Minute, 90 Minute, Indian Brown, Chicory Stout, (zzzzzzzz, heheh), then this was the night for you. And, if you missed it, what a shame.
If you saw the menu that we posted here prior to the dinner, you should have seen that it would be a different (shall we say, off-centered?!) evening.
We're going to try a new format here. Since we both experienced the dinner together, we thought to put up our comments here as a conversation to recap (and piece our memories together!) the night. So, here goes...
So, ready to go?
Adam: I'm ready
Adam: Where are we going tonight?
I feel a bit let down.
Adam: Yeah I was thinking it will be hard to rank this relative to the
Adam: Agreed, we haven't even talked about last night.
Adam: It was a great start. Nothing too heavy, but, something to whet our appetites.
Too bad we couldn't sneak off with any of the private party's appetizers.
Cause I was hungry.
Adam: Nice night to walk around town. Just a bit brisk. A good night to step off the street into the cozy confines of Monks.
Adam: I was happy to see some familiar faces. Each time I feel more at home.
Adam: We were a bit wary about our seating at the bar instead of a table, but, as you'll find out it didn't hinder us at all. So this was the big question, "Should we have another beer before we get started?". That was a tough call considering all the big beer on this menu.
Adam: Yeah, it was awesome. I liked it because it wasn't over the top, but, it still tasted like a Christmas Ale. Perfect, sort of a calm before the storm.
Adam: I would have to say at this point it felt like all the pieces were falling together. Just one more facet…the food.
Adam: So how do you start a DFH dinner at monk's? With Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, snail, goose liver, mussels in a bath of pureed squash.
Adam: The best bite was the mussel and squash washed down with an interpretation of an ancient brew, Chateau Jiahu.
Sam tells a great story about how they collaborated with who was it again?
Adam: Yeah, I'd love to hear the story of how Coors Light was created. Somehow it wouldn't be with the same. Unless it went a little more like one of the next beers, Golden Shower.
Adam: It was called Prescription Pils at first right?
Adam: The federal gov. rejected it saying that it may appear to make healthful benefit claims.
Adam: Yeah, we were really hitting our stride a bit early at that point. The scallops were awesome. The Golden Revolution had some honey and ginger overtones. Maybe it was the high abv and the choice of hops. Mmmm....and the golden shower was delicious. Reminded me of 120 Minute IPA.
Adam: Heheh...maybe the Michael Jackson segment on David Letterman put it over the top. Maybe he has heard too much backlash...day after day after day.
Adam: So...its getting a bit late. We should probably wrap up for tonight. Kind of a shame really. My favorite beers of the night are yet to come.
Adam: Yeah...somehow I can't find words to really explain how much fun I had.
Adam: At least without swearing at the same time ;-)
The conclusion to our comments about this DFH dinner at Monks including more pictures.