Redbones' 2002 Porter & Stouts Evening

by: Todd on 02-14-2002
Beer and food is a good thing. Beer and BBQ, well that's a match in heaven. Porters, Stouts and BBQ, and now you're talking about Redbones Porter and Stouts Night. Oh yeah!

The place: Redbones BBQ Somerville, MA / / (617) 628 - 2200
The time: Monday, February 11 at 7:00 PM
The cost: $35.00 per person
People in attendance: around 75

Tod Mott, head brewer of Quincy Ships, was on hand to educate and bring fun to another evening of Porters, Stouts while Redbones provided some damn tasty BBQ. The night kicked off with a "welcome beer", Pilsner Urquell, to liven the palate, which is certainly did. We then broke into one of Mott's one creations, Furnace Brook Porter, a perfect intro into the night's beers with its complex and balanced malts, sweetness and mild bitterness.

Mott held a moment of silence for the death of the Commonwealth Brewing Co., and then we all cheered that owner Joe Quatrocchi is hopefully out of the brewing industry for good - one of the highlights of the evening.

Next was a beer from McNeill's in Vermont, their Pullman's Porter. Unfortunately it was off and had aromas and flavours that of a Granny Smith apple - a bit sour, tart, funky and very disappointing from a brewery run by a quality fanatic and perfectionist. I wound-up turning mine in and getting the next beer on the menu (many did the same), which was Fuller's London Porter. A very luxurious beer from the UK, full, malty rich body pairs nicely with many of their beef dishes.

At this point everyone was digging into the appetizers which consisted of grilled sausages, homemade cornbread, Louisiana catfish, hushpuppies and a load of sauces to drown them in.

A 1999 vintage Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harvey's Brewery (UK) at 10% abv was next - worthy of storing for maturation. Lacto bacteria are actually introduced to this beer, and then it is bottled-conditioned. The result is a very vinous beer with complexities that boggle the mind. Rather than over analyzing this sample, I simply sipped it and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Dinner consisted of pork ribs, beef ribs, smoked salmon, baked black beans, collared greens, cornbread, and mash potatoes - and varying degrees of sauces. Desert was pecan pie and apple crisp. Somewhere in-between the chocolaty of chocolate stouts, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, was placed in front of me. This is one hell of a beer in my opinion.

Rounds of trivia and door prizes interrupted the evening, but I won a Redbones t-shirt so that was okay. The trivia can get a bit silly (especially as the levels of social lubricants increase), border-line annoying at times, but it's all good fun and helps to break up the night.

Next was a very rare 1993 vintage John Courage Russian Imperial Stout from Courage Brewery. Jason and I both took a moment of silence and paid homage to the beergods for a beer that we'll most likely never have again.

Sinebrychoff Porter from Sinebrychoff Brewery in Finland topped off the night with its mega-malted character and smooth settling drinkability.

In summary, a good time was had by all and the turn out was amazing as always. If you've yet to experience a Redbones beer dinner I highly recommend that you attend one, especially if you're into good BBQ paired with good beer. If you can't make one, then visit Redbones on any day and enjoy their menu of BBQ and incredible selection of hand-picked beers on tap.
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