The first course was a classic ballpark combo: a Kansas City hot dog in a hollowed out seeded roll, smothered in Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and mustard, topped with pepperoncinis, accompanied by a nice cold "Radio Free" pilsner (5% ABV) from Wild Onion Brewing out of Chicago to quench your thirst. Obligatory second-course wings were this time tossed in a maple balsamic sauce and paired with the "Tank 7" belgian-style saison (8.5% ABV, 38 IBU) from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing, which had hoppy, grapefruit notes and a long, dry, peppery finish. The entree of the night was a three-bean stew with a warm turkey salad, served with a puffy pastry and pickled vegetables and most importantly - a delicious craft beer. It was at this point that the senate took a comical turn, as we served what we thought was the "Moonlight Kettle" mosaic single hop APA (4.5% ABV) from Muskoka Brewing out of Toronto. At least, that's what the sleeve on the keg read. However, this "American Pale Ale" had distinct coffee notes; something was amiss. This "mystery beer" turned out to be Muskoka's "Lucy's Beard" Irish red brewed with coffee (4% ABV, 20 IBU) and it actually paired surprisingly well with the stew, albeit unplanned. Our final subject of debate was the dank and piney "Resin" IPA (ringing in at 9.1% ABV, 103 IBU!) from Six Point Brewing out of Brooklyn. After a vote, the "Tank 7" came out victorious, and it is quite fitting to have on tap this month for spring! There were lots of ideas for May's Beer Senate, including North vs. South Jersey and Battle of the Delaware River, but senators voted on a "Triple Crown States" theme! Expect brews from Kentucky, Baltimore and New York for the next Beer Senate on May 10th at 7pm! P.S. Happy birthday Pat!

 

  Hailey's April 2016 Beer Senate Board

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