Real Ale Mysterium Verum Morning Wood Brunch

November 17th, 2016

The best way to cure your Brewers Ball hangover? The best brunch Dallas has to offer hosted by the owner of one of Texas’ best breweries.

Shake off the previous night’s celebration and rise to the occasion for Meddlesome Moth’s Real Ale Mysterium Verum Morning Wood Brunch featuring Brad Farbstein, owner and president of Real Ale Brewing Co.

Brad’s passion for brewing led him to cash in his life’s savings and purchase the very small mom and pop brewery at which he volunteered on the weekends, Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, TX. Brad took the small brewery from producing 300 barrels in 1998 to now over 60,000 per year — selling entirely within the state of Texas. Yeah, it’s that good. Real Ale has been named as Texas’ top craft brewery, collaborated with heavy metal band THE SWORD and created an array of beers that have earned notoriety across the country. Incredible achievements for a brewery that, again, distributes solely within the state of Texas.

 

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The plaid masters of Texas craft that Brad has amassed. (That’s a tongue twister for sure.)
Photo credit: Real Ale Brewing Company

The Mysterium Verum line is a special family of ales that harness the creative and experimental side of Real Ale. Incorporating techniques such as barrel-aging and secondary fermentation with wild yeasts and bacteria, the Mysterium Verum line explores what new flavors can be coaxed from already top-notch Scotch Ales, American IPAs, Trippels and more. Just like the brewery, this once small series has grown and become highly successful, sought after and award-winning. That’s why we’re excited and honored to host Brad as he and Chef Rick Graff collaborate and curate a special brunch for North Texas Beer Week, featuring Mysterium Verum.

Four enticing courses will be masterfully paired with five different beers to highlight the delicious eccentricities of Mysterium Verum. In other words, this will be the best “morning after” meal you’ve ever had.

Featured Mysterium Verum Beers:

  • Devil’s Share – Devil’s Backbone (Belgian-style Tripel) aged in oak red wine barrels
  • Lux Aeterna – White Belgian-style Wheat aged in oak wine barrels with wild yeast and bacteria
  • Scots Gone Wild – Real Heavy (Scotch Ale) aged in American oak barrels with wild yeasts and bacteria
  • Coffissar – Commissar Russian Imperial Stout 50% aged in new oak, 50% aged in charred oak with cold extract coffee thrown in the mix
  • The Kraken – Sisyphus (American Barleywine) aged in oak barrels

Limited seats remain. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW.

Tickets are $60 to the general public and $50 for DG members. If you’re a DG member please call up to The Meddlesome Moth at 214-628-7900 to book your reservation for your DG discount.

This is your unique chance to put a capper on the best week of the year in North Texas, while absorbing the talent and passion of one of Texas’ finest. Do not miss out.

 

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Birrificio del Ducato Pairdiné at Moth

November 4th, 2016

Volatile acidity. Terrible for wine, absolutely beautiful for beer — when done properly.

When you have a degree in Food Science and Technology, are fascinated by fermentation, have a passion for homebrewing and manifested that passion within one of your countries best breweries — you’re probably on the right path to doing it properly. Enter Giovanni Campari, the brewmaster of Birrificio del Ducato, the most decorated brewery in the history of Italy.

Giovanni has built his brewery on his pursuit of harnessing the power of natural, wild and volatile fermentation. His mastery of acids, knowledge of flavor compounds, bold creativity and skillful hand have made him one of the most important brewers the world has known — and he’s coming to the Meddlesome Moth to share his passions.

We are honored to host Giovanni and a selection of some of del Ducato’s world-class beers for a special beer dinner as part of 2016 NTX Beer Week. Guests will be able to enjoy hard-to-find del Ducato beers (including rare creations) paired with Chef Richard Graff’s delicious selections all while getting an understanding of how Giovanni creates this incredible beer.

This is a unique opportunity for beer lovers and wine lovers alike, as many of del Ducato’s funky and complex creations will appeal to wine enthusiasts trying to cross over into beer. DO NOT hesitate. We are blessed with Giovanni’s only appearance in north Texas and this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Get your TICKETS HERE.

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A tremendous round of thanks to Giovanni for paying us a visit and to B. United International for helping to make it happen. We hope to see you there. Cheers and salute!

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We didn’t mention that he’s also just a really cool guy.

Learn more about Birrificio del Ducatto here.

Beer Reviews: Hitachino Nest XH and Evil Twin Freudian Slip

March 2nd, 2016

Everything I’ve ever had from Japan’s Kiuchi brewery has been daring, indelibly complex, and empirically Japanese, so I was not surprised to find the Hitachino Nest XH (Extra High) matured in red wine barrels was challenging in its depth.

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Out of the bottle, it pours a luscious ruby red with a thin head that correlates to its mild, soft carbonation. No bubbles got in the way of this beer’s punch. The first sniff is a rush of dried raisins and candied dates. Sharp tartness and sweet notes follow, almost like fresh cherries covered in balsamic vinegar.  After a few minutes in the glass – I was warming my quarter-portion in a snifter – bitter oak tannins and spice languidly rise.

 

The palate, the beer begins with a sweetness of body, subtle tartness, and a comforting boozy warmth. Tartness turns to notes of apple cider before a salty quality blooms that I found distinctly like umeboshi, or Japanese pickled salted plums. It really is incredible, and had it not been corroborated by the others I was tasting the beer with, I would have doubted it altogether simply on the grounds of strangeness and unfamiliarity. Also swirling around were more bitter notes of plum skin and a crisp minerality that was not at all unpleasant. But all of this complexity fades, or perhaps comes together, in an elegant and simple finish so much like fortified wine that our accounts of it were unanimous. If you can imagine a drinkable port, this would be it.

 

All in all, this is a delicate, soothing brew that might be my favorite new nightcap on these last few cool evenings before Summer – I mean Spring in Texas – gets officially underway.

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Next up was Evil Twin’s Freudian Slip. Firstly, I think we’ve all been appropriately nuts about all the fantastic breweries that have finally begun distributing to our neck of the woods (The Bruery, anyone?) and Evil Twin is maybe one of those were are nuttiest about. Secondly, if you find yourself in Brooklyn (don’t be scared) you also need to find your way to Tørst, the spiritual home of Evil Twin Brewing. I visited last summer, had some wonderful beer in that wonderful bar, and crushed a Westbrook Gose before heading out just for good measure. I found it a satisfying process.

 

Now, for the Freudian Slip, a barleywine, we found many sublimities that floated their way into our collective consciousness. On the sniff, we got a myriad of notes. Toasted nuts, confectioner’s sugar, and burnt honey were immediately noticeable, followed slowly by an unexpected fruitiness, stone fruit specifically. We found very heady notes of caramelized peaches and overripe pears before chocolate wafted up as it warmed.

 

On the palate, the nose was translated very faithfully. More sweet notes of honey with toasty flavors of peanut brittle and creme brulee. Chocolate-covered raisins was called out several times as was red licorice. The finish is sweet, yet relatively drinkable. It is substantial beer that maintained an amount of subtlety and – dare I say – grace for a style that can sometimes be overwhelming. At the end of the day, this was a great beer to taste with my friends and another fine entry into the “Big beers that drink like not-so-big beers” list I have apparently been compiling.

 

And, finally, we are happy to welcome back Stephen Beaumont for another collaborative beer dinner here at the Moth. The menu is as follows and Mr. Beaumont will be curating the beer list, so expect great beer and incredible pairings.

 

Three New England Oysters

Steak Tartar & American Caviar

Beer mignonette& pickled hops

Yuzu Ice

 

Smoked House Corned Beef Brisket

Apple mustard butter, roast turnip, rutabaga & pickled bulb onion

 

Seared Skate Wing

Smoked egg puree, pickled farm egg, black winter truffle & winter greens

 

Braised & Seared Pork Belly

Acorn squash gnocchi, blood orange, sage & parmesan

 

Lemon & Rhubarb Napoleon

 

We’ll announce beer pairings and ticket prices soon, so stay tuned!

 

-Chase

Beer Reviews: Orval Trappist and North Coast Old Stock Ale

January 7th, 2016

Well, the holidays are over and most of us (I assume) made it through relatively unscathed and perhaps with a few new notches on our beer belts. Just to shake things up I decided to taste a pair of classics in the catalogue, two beers I’d taken my fill of over the years, but hadn’t quite stopped to smell their roses in a way that one tends to when writing about them.

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First up is one of my all time favorites: Orval. This is a unique trappist ale that is wholly its own beast and has inspired many brewers to pay homage with beers that take after many of its greatest qualities. Remember Rayon Vert? Pop it open and pour gently. This thing is so full of bubbles that, if you’re not careful, you may end up pouring this beer three or four times just to get to the bottom of the bottle. Or, go for it, and watch the eager head climb the walls of your glass.

On the nose, you find stone fruit notes of overripe peaches and dried apricots, bitter lemon rind, and funky notes of the Brett with which it is bottle-conditioned. Hiding underneath were peppery oak and mild tannic notes. On the palate, the citrus is carried over, but shifts to sweeter and more bitter orange. The pepperiness comes back with suggestions of rye and caraway before giving over to a floral hop finish. This beer’s body is full, yet delicate, bubbly to no end and bone-dry. I hesitate to go further into the profile of this one, because, honestly, if you haven’t ever tried Orval, you’re simply missing out. Try it with… anything. Almost anything. Especially cheese. This is the most ridiculously versatile cheese pairing I’ve come across. Orval has taken everything I’ve thrown at it – from sweet goudas to funky Swiss mountains, from tangy blues to hearty trappist cheeses – like a champ.

Brimming with uniqueness and character, Orval has hewn its own path through the magical forest of beer. Ain’t no party like an Orval party, because there is nothing quite like Orval. Try to pin it down and watch it wriggle out from underneath your arbitrary style designations. This is a beer that stands on its own. This is a beer that is not defined by how you perceive it. It doesn’t need you, though it’s willing to ride alongside you for a time, and, if you listen carefully, it might show you something you’ve never known. Then again, maybe it’s just beer, even if a particularly fine one.

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Now, I believe North Coast’s Old Stock Ale to be a forgotten treasure. There is no good reason for this beer to have fallen out of my regular rotation, but it’s a mistake that has been remedied. This beer, as a friend once put it, is the warm, fuzzy blanket of barleywines, and it keeps me company on these sometimes chilly nights.

Tasting it now, I found Old Stock to be everything I expected, but articulated in surprising ways. This beer smells like you imagine a barleywine to smell, but it’s modest in its style assertion. Dark fruit notes are present in rich notes of raisin and prune. Sweetness comes through with candied plum, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. However, these aromas are dug in and take a bit of effort to discover. They don’t overwhelm and seem to work together in securing this beer’s character. On the palate, Old Stock is unexpectedly dry and drinkable. Like a good guest, it lingers just long enough to encourage a second invitation. And a third. A fourth. And so on.

This is also one of the beers truly worth cellaring, in my opinion. Find a four-pack, shove it in the back of a closet and forget about for a few years. With maturity, Old Stock mellows even farther and becomes more confident. If it is a treasure fresh, it becomes a legend with a little age on it.

Pairs with fireplaces, contented sighs, and early Tom Waits. Old Stock =~ Old Shoes.

-Chase

2015 North Texas Beer Week & Easy Riding

October 25th, 2015

It’s almost North Texas Beer Week (henceforth referred to as NTBW) and, as per usual, we will celebrate and we will revel. We have some very special events lined up this year that you certainly won’t want to miss.

Kicking it off (with a steel-toed beer-boot) is our second Jester King beer breakfast on Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m. Very special guests Jeffrey Stuffings and Ron Extract will be here to guide us through 5 very special brews paired with 4 of Chef Rick’s pairings. Did I mention they were special? They will be very special. Tickets are $55 for the general public on Eventbrite. Delerium Guild members should contact the restaurant for their tickets and reservations. Midday naps not included.

On Thursday, on our newly enclosed patio area, New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert will be hosting a 6-beer/5-course beer dinner. Tickets are $75 for the public on Eventbriteand $65 for our Delerium Guild members. This one is very special in its own right as we’ll be pouring a few beers Texas has yet to see. Beers for the dinner will include old favorites La Folie and Le Terroir, alongside newcomers Eric’s Ale, Love Apple Oscar, and Love Blackberry Felix.

Then, on Friday the 13th, Avery Brewing Co. President and Brewmaster Adam Avery (yes, you read correctly) will be here to run us through maybe the greatest lunch you’ve ever had. Avery’s Raja, Fortuna, and Insula Multos will be included on the 4-beer/3-course menu. I think I mentioned that NTBW would be very special, didn’t I? Tickets here will be $50 for general public and $40 for DG members. Pick ‘em up, pick ‘em up. These will all go quick.

We’ll also have (very) special tappings every day throughout the week so keep up with us on the Facebook to find out what all is happening.

Lastly, as we’ve been tasting such fantastic beer from Firestone Walker all month long, I thought I’d share a few of my own experiences. Sucaba, Stickee Monkee, XVIII Anniversary, and Parabola are all well and fine, but for me it’s the Easy Jack that gets my gears turning. The all day/everyday beer I find is simply the perfect companion, wherever I go. We’ve been spending a lot of time together recently and I think it’s safe to call us friends.

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Here we are, just enjoying the day on the patio here at Moth.

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We had such a good time we decided to get a cup of coffee together, then decided to make a day of it and hiked out to another patio.

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Me: Sure is nice out.

Easy: Sure is, buddy.

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Me: Hey, Easy. Remember when I used to live there?

Easy: You used to live in a vacant lot?

Me: There used to be a building there, silly.

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Me: I don’t think that bus is coming, Easy.

Easy: Don’t worry about it, man. It’ll come or it won’t.

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Then we found ourselves at a playdate.

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Me: Any final thoughts, Easy?

Easy: I think you about covered it, Chase.

Me: Aw shucks, Easy. Thanks, pal.

Don’t make it too hard. Try to take it easy, everyone.

-Chase

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