Curtis was voted our leader at the conclusion of the September Senate, and he was charged with designing the October menu and facilitating the dinner itself under a "Curtis' Choice" theme. (We were confident in his abilities, as this was not his first, second, or even third rodeo.) It became apparent as the dinner progressed that he took a "Pennsylvania" route, starting off with Neshaminy Creek's "J.A.W.N." Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) which stands for "Juice Ale With Nugget" and is also a decidedly "Philly" term. This dank pale ale made with Zythos and Nugget hops was served with a slow-cooked lamb barbacoa dish on corn tortillas with cilantro and a corn salsa. Next up, we tasted the "Brick Biergarten" IPA (7% ABV) from Penn Brewing alongside a new take on wings - Philly-style, tossed in a cheese sauce with sauteed peppers and onions! The distinct pine and pepper notes in the IPA went quite well with the sweetness of the creamy cheese sauce. As dinner settled, we brought out the Evil Genius "Chickity China the Chinese Chicken" IPA (7.2% ABV) which is flavored with FOUR different types of fresh hops: Citra, Galaxy, Warrior and Mosaic, balanced with fruity notes and a maltiness throughout. Of course, this wouldn't be a "Pennsylvania" Beer Senate without a contender from Yards - and out came the "Love Stout" (5.5% ABV), smooth and creamy with hints of coffee and chocolate, paired with a butternut squash tart topped with vanilla icecream, cinnamon and a strawberry compote. It has been a while, but for this special Senate we decided a suprise fifth beer was in order. Asbury Park Brewing was kind enough to send up a keg of their delicious Roasted Stout, an incredibly smooth dry Irish stout that everyone happily sipped as voting commenced. As usual it was a raucous caucus, if you will, but after some shouting and glass-clinking it was the "Love Stout" from Yards that came out victorious. Look for it on tap this month! And don't forget to join us for our next Beer Senate, the theme of which will be high-octane "Apocalypse" beers, as it falls on Election Day. Please arrange a ride home!
P.S. Great job, Curtis!