Madame Le Squirrel Enjoys Beer & Food
Bonjour mes amis! Madame Le Squirrel is feeling a little delicate today as she represented family Squirrel at Malmaison Birmingham’s FemALE event last night. Malhereusement, it was a ladies only event, so moi-même was not invited, but it is about time Madame Le Squirrel had a night out! So, over to the ladies . . . Yes, exactement mon petit! My friend & I enjoyed a fantastic evening of pure beer & food pleasure hosted by Beer Beauty (Marverine Cole), Purity Brewing Co’s Paul Halsey & Charles Faram & Co’s Paul Corbett. MalmaisonBirmingham provided a glamorous, red-carpeted welcome with low level lighting setting a mood of relaxed indulgence. We were welcomed with a champagne glass of German Pilsener Veltins (4.8%) & after an introduction from the above hosts & several top-ups of our glasses we began our food pairings.
Grilled goats cheese & roast vegetable bruschetta was paired with the Pilsener. Purity’s Pure Gold (3.8%) was served with smoked salmon & guacamole & their Pure Ubu (4.5%) with beef braised in the same. Maisel’s Weisse (5.2%) was a big hit with roast pork stuffed with apricot & sage for most of the audience, trumped only by Bacchus’s Kriek (5.8%) with a dark chocolate delice & Kriek-soaked cherry. Opinion was divided among the audience when it came to the final offering of Sierra Nevada Stout (5.8%) with Isle of Mull aged cheddar. I thought it was magnifique; the dark richness of the beer off-setting the crumbly saltiness of the cheese admirably. As Antoine always says though, there are no rights & wrongs when it comes to taste. Marverine was a charming host, sharing her enthusiasm for beer most effectively & encouraging the audience to contribute their thoughts about the beer & food combinations. It was great to see so many other ladies enjoying beer & to hear them share their knowledgeable insights on the subject: cheers to that! It was also interesting to hear Purity’s perspective on women in the brewing industry & fascinating to learn new facts about hops from Paul Corbett, a real hop fanatic. So, many thanks to Malmaison, Purity, Charles Faram & Co & to the Beer Beauty herself for giving us an opportunity to enjoy the good things in life! Salut, bon weekend beer & food lovers.