This Thursday at 4 pm, we’ll be releasing two beers on our new Blender Reserve taps. First, we’re bringing Auld McShagger Scottish Strong Ale out of the cellar. This strong Scotch ale cuts the chill and warms from within. A nose of sweet malt and a hint of chocolate and smoked peat start the journey. Chocolate, kilned coffee and German Rauch malts combine to lend this big Scottish ale a hint of whiskey. This be a beer that any clansman would be happy to put to his lips! 8.35% ABV, $5 for a teardrop glass.
The second tap will feature vintage Barrel Aged Crude Diesel, a barrel aged stout brewed with chocolate and roasted malts, black strap molasses and dark Belgian candy sugar, then aged for eight months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels and Pinot Noir barrels. Now over 13-months-old, the layers of flavors are just starting to unfold. Dark sweet chocolate, coffee, Bourbon and molasses with hints of vanillin greet you in the nose. Dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate intermingle with the roasted malts and dark molasses to finish with a noticeable Bourbon heat and a lingering sweet, dark vanilla finish. Look for notes of milk chocolate, coconut and cherry as it warms up. 8.8% ABV, $8 for an 8 oz glass.
The kitchen will release a hand-crafted coconut flan on Thursday as a special treat to pair with the Barrel Aged Crude Diesel, although it goes well with any of our beers ($3)!
This week’s other food specials at the Barrel House include a Chicken Royal Petit Sandwich with smoked chicken, pungent Italian taleggio cheese & red onion, served on grilled purple Sang Royal bread dressed with tomato chutney & the rotating fruit compote ($4.5); Mu Shu Chicken Crepes filled with smoked chicken, egg, cabbage, broccoli, red bell pepper, mushroom & green onion, and topped with Plum Rye reduction hoisin sauce ($7); Smoked Turkey Pâté Roll, featuring smoked turkey & roasted root vegetable pâté rolled in toasted cornbread and topped with a Triple Cranberry reduction ($5.5); and Mixed Berry Sour Cream Cheese Pie, a sour cream cheese pie speckled with mixed berries and topped with a Rhubarb Crisp reduction ($4).
The soup of the week is Chicken Vegetable with Rice along with our daily Beer Cheese and our Clam Chowder weekends (while supplies last). On deck for this weekend is Hoppin’ John New Year’s Soup featuring hamhock, black eyed pea & okra. The fresh fruit is Satsuma Mandarin oranges, the sourgrette is Double Raz, and the rotating compote is Man-Fuji-Cran.
The Barrel House will be open from Noon to 9 pm New Years Eve, and open regular hours for New Years Day. Celebrating at home? Grab a bottle of our 2010 Kriek ($17), 2010 Apricot ($17) or 2009 Sang Royal ($23) for an extra special bottle of bubbly to ring in the New Year.