Beer Night with Roger Baylor and Appetizers with Chef Ruben @ MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen, New Albany [23 August]

Beer Night with Roger Baylor and Appetizers with Chef Ruben

18:30 - 19:45

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MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen
216 Pearl Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150
$30 includes-Beer Samples, History, & Appetizers by Chef Ruben Freibert, of River House.


De la Senne Taras Boulba … 4.5% abv
“Taras Boulba” refers to a story by the 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, but the brewery is located in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, and named for the Senne (or Zenne) River. The alcohol content is session-strength, and the hopping firm, not unlike a Saison (farmhouse ale). The drier palate aptly functions as an aperitif, stimulating the appetite.

First course
Mönchshof Kellerbier … 5.4% abv
Kellerbier (“cellar” beer) typically is an unfiltered lager, as with this textbook example from the Bavarian city of Kulmbach. It is amber in hue and malt-forward, with just enough noble hop character for balance without yielding an overly bitter palate. Kellerbier is among the quintessential beer styles consumed as accompaniment to German cuisine.

Second course
Evil Twin Falco IPA … 7% abv
India Pale Ale (IPA) originated in England 150 years ago as a strong, well-hopped tipple, and since has been adapted and enhanced by craft brewers the world over. For most of its existence, Evil Twin has been a “gypsy,” brewing small batches at existing breweries, but the company’s Danish owner now is building a permanent brewery in New York City. The Falco refers to Falconer’s Flight, a blend of hops from the Pacific Northwest that contribute tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit notes.

Dessert/Parting Glass:
Big Bunny … 9% abv
Two American breweries (Stillwater Artisanal and Arizona Wilderness) collaborated on this “Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout.” It is an amalgam of tasty styles, with “imperial” indicating heightened alcoholic heft; brownish-black and creamy, using dark and roasted malts that convey flavors of chocolate and espresso.

My name is Roger A. Baylor, and I’m a free-lance beer guy.

For 25 years (1990 – 2015) I was a co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Company, which includes Sportstime Pizza, Rich O’s Public House and Bank Street Brewhouse.

I’m very proud to have advanced the idea of economic localism during my time as an independent business owner, and to have played my small part in the American craft beer revolution.

Upon my graduation from IU Southeast in 1982 with a BA in philosophy, there were fewer than 100 breweries nationwide. Now the number is closer to 5,500, with almost 150 in Indiana alone.

From 2009 – 2016, I served as a director on the board of the Brewers of Indiana Guild, helping steward national craft beer trends at the state and local levels. In addition, I’ve written about beer for Food & Dining Magazine (Louisville Edition), Louisville Eccentric Observer and the old New Albany Tribune.

At various times I’ve been a liquor store clerk, teacher, European beer tour escort, homebrewing club founder, bartender, traveler and entrepreneur – living my whole life in Floyd County, with the past 23 years right here in New Albany, and yet forever mindful that there’s a wider world of difference out there. �
Those differences are what makes craft beer so fun to talk about – and even more fun to drink.
18% Gratuity IS NOT included and will be added to each ticket at checkout. Please note that Gratuity will show up as a tax at check out.

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