In the last few years, Portland has become the second home for many Vancouverites due to their amazing craft beer scene. So we at Beerthirst decided to make everyone feel a little closer to Portland by brining in beers from one of their award-winning breweries. Yes! April 13th was the Canadian launch for Alameda Brewing! And what better way to launch these fantastic beers than with an epic beer dinner, followed up with a Burlesque show.
Friday the 13th sure has a bad reputation, but the Alameda Brewing launch and Long Table Dinner at Pumphouse Pub was nothing but good times. It was warm, the sun was up till 8pm, the dinner was absolutely packed, and the Canucks beat the Kings 10-0. OK, maybe the Kings destroyed us, but everything else was great.
We typically keep our Long Table Dinner’s at Pumphouse Pub to about 30 people, but due to such popular demand, we had to stretch it well over 60 people. Everyone was very excited that Alameda Brewing was making its way to BC and couldn’t wait to try it. It turned out to be an awesome event with a great vibe throughout the night, and chef Daniela did another fantastic job with the dinner.
Alameda Klickitat Pale Ale with Ajiaco: Colombian Potato and Corn Soup
Alameda El Torero IPA with Empanadas stuffed with Beef and Cheese
Alameda Yellow Wolf IPA with Ceviche with Scallops and Shrimp
Alameda Black Bear Stout XX with Stout-infused Paella: Rice, Pork, Chicken and Seafood
Alameda Bad Bunny Imperial Cream Ale with Torta de Tres Leches con Arequipe: Three Milks Cake with Caramel
Everyone seemed to enjoy everything but the Yellow Wolf IPA with the Ceviche (Course 3) and the Bad Bunny Imperial Cream Ale with the cake (Course 5) seemed to be everyone’s favorite. The two pairings were the favorites with the Beerthirst crew as well. The mango and pineapple in the Ceviche really complimented the PNW hops in the Imperial IPA. While the flavours and the mouth feel of the imperial cream ale stood up perfectly to the very sweet, soft, milky and caramely cake. There were definitely a lot of “mmmmm” and “ooohhhhhs” going on during those 2 courses.
Being that the Bad Bunny Imperial Cream Ale created such a buzz on Facebook and Twitter, we decided we would raffle off a bunch of them. I mean no Beerthirst event would be complete without some prizes for the people who came out to support our events.
Overall the Alameda Long Table Dinner was a huge success, and we were happy to see this brewery get such a great response. As beer nerds we are so excited to have these beers in Vancouver, and we are very proud to represent Alameda.
It was a fun evening, and after the dinner was over, the Van Dolls put on an amazing performance. Thanks to everyone who came out.
Alameda Brewing is currently available on tap at Pumphouse Pub, St. Augustine’s, Alibi Room, Copper Tank Grill, The Met, and the Hop and Vine. The Klickitat Pale Ale, El Torero IPA, Yellow Wolf IPA, Black Bear Stout XX, and Bad Bunny Imperial Cream Ale will be available will be available in select private liquor stores starting Thursday.
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