Central Market To Feature More Than 400 Beers During ‘Discover Brewtopia’

September 9, 2010

Central Market will be featuring more than 400 beers from around the world during “Discover Brewtopia” from Sept. 22 – Oct. 5.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will kick off “Discover Brewtopia” with a beer round up.

Over 400 beers will be set up at stations throughout the Central Market Cooking School and on the outdoor patio.

Featured beers will be paired with samples of sausage and an assortment of cheeses, breads and crackers.

Beer experts will be available to talk about specialty ales, lagers and pilsners.

Some of the featured beers include:

Full Sail Amber Ale (Hood River, OR)

Malty, sweet, reddish amber hue and a spicy floral hop finish

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra Indian Pale Ale (Chico, CA)

Bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

Stone Smoked Porter (Escondido, CA)

Dark, smooth and complex with rich chocolate and coffee flavors balanced by a subtle smokiness, equally goes well with meats or chocolates.

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale (Big Sky, MT)

Malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops.

Wild Blue Blueberry Lager (Baldwinsville, NY)

Blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit -blueberries- with premium American and German hops, two-row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8 percent alcohol by volume.

Shiner Oktoberfest (Shiner, TX)

This festive Marzen-style seasonal has a deep amber color and slightly toasted flavor. The initial rich malty aroma and sweetness fades to a moderately dry, hoppy finish.

Magic Hat Odd Notion Green Apple Wit (Burlington,VT)

Fall seasonal brew; green apple, coriander and orange peel.

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (Denver, CO)

Who would have thought deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grew the perfect ingredient to build an extraordinary Porter in Colorado? This brew is a vanilla kiss in a rich, dark sea with the roasted nut flavor of a classic porter.

Admission is $30 per person and $20 for multiple reservations.

To register, click here.

Other “Discover Brewtopia” events include:

The St. Arnold’s Gastro Pub

Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Brock Wagner, Founder of St. Arnold’s, and Central Market Cooking School Staff

Cost: $55

Houston-based St. Arnold’s is Texas’ oldest craft brewer and a hometown favorite. Founded in 1994 by a home brewer, St. Arnold’s takes pride in brewing first class beers and delivering them to customers at the peak of freshness. Enjoy five of their brews while learning about the legend of St. Arnold and much more. Menu includes: Amber Ale (sampled with Peruvian Chicken Stew with Fresno Peppers); Fancy Lawnmower (paired with Turkish Tomato Salad with Herbs & Pomegranate); Elissa IPA (complemented by All Crustacean Canapés on Black Bread); Oktoberfest (paired with Patagonian Potato Galette) and Brown Ale, a brewery favorite paired with a variety of foods.

The Victory Gastropub

Saturday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Brewmaster, Victory and CM Cooking School Staff

Cost: $65

Having trained in Germany, the Brewmasters rely on traditional methods, the best processing that technology can offer and creativity to develop their brews. Sample four of their beers and learn about production techniques and ingredients. Menu includes: Prima Pils, Golden Monkey, Hop Devil and Hop Wallop.

Home Brewing Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 26 from 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Central Market Cooking School Staff

Cost: $10

Brewtopia: From Pint to Plate with Kent Rathbun

Monday, Sept. 27 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Executive Chef Abacus, Jasper’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate

Cost: $65

Learn to prepare dishes that include beer as an ingredient while discovering how easy it is to pair beer with a variety of flavors. The menu includes spicy lamb meatballs with beer braised Vidalia onions and ancho barbecue sauce; grilled chicken and shishito pepper skewers with jasmine rice and yellow curry sauce; pan roasted striped bass with bourbon cream corn and Texas peach barbecue sauce and cinnamon-chocolate molten cake with cherry-beer ice cream.

Tailgating Pleasures

Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva

Cost: $45

Shiner Beer Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Shiner Brew Master and Central Market Cooking School Staff

Cost: $60

Since 1909, the Spoetzl Brewery has been handcrafting some of the finest beers in Texas.  Sample these brews and learn a little of the history and some of the traditional techniques that produce these beers, including Shiner Oktoberfest (paired with Chicken Meatball Lasagnettes), Shiner Bock (paired with Stuffed Pork Loin with Sautèed Apples & Potato Dumplings).

Beer 101

Thursday, Sept.30 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

CM Beer Expert & CM Cooking School Staff

Cost: $50

Beer and Chocolate Pairing, Callebaut Chocolate

Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Chef Eddy Van Damme, professor of Baking & Pastry Arts at HCC’s Central College

Cost: $25

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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