Monday, December 1, 2014

Goose Island Bourbon County Release Dinner at Raven & Rose

The flight is right.
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is clearly the hottest beer around these days. People were lined up on Black Friday to get bottles of the stuff, like they were waiting for Xbox 3000's or something, and it quickly sold out everywhere. The fellas at my local bottle shop told me one woman actually broke down in hysterical sobs when they told her they were out of Goose Island's liquid gold.

Is the beer really that good? Absolutely! Although there are certainly plenty of other fantastic, local, barrel-aged options out there that you don't have to wait in line to buy. Nevertheless, there is something strangely exciting about a beer that attains such lofty heights of desirability, and it doesn't really matter if the limited availability creates an odd, lemming-like hype. Getting your hands on the latest and greatest, to the chagrin of your envious friends, is sometimes worth any price.

If you missed out on the run to snatch up every bottle of Bourbon County, you still have an opportunity to try it, and several other highly prized Goose Island beers. I'm talking about the Goose Island Bourbon County Release Dinner at Raven & Rose.

I was lucky enough to participate in a sneak preview of this fantastic beer/food pairing event that is scheduled for Sunday, December 7th at 6:30 PM. Check out the menu and flights:

Welcome Snacks & Beer

1. IPA, a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

English-style Roast Supper & Beer Flight 

Salad, Field Greens, radishes, spiced pumpkin seeds, red wine vinaigrette.

2. Class of ’88, The Class of ‘88 Belgian Style Ale was brewed in collaboration with Deschutes Brewery. brewed with whole flower Mt Hood hops, which were first introduced in 1988, then transferred to Muscat casks and aged with Michigan Riesling Grape juice and Oregon Pinot Noir grape must.

3. Matilda, dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.

4. Madame Rose, Brown Ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.

5. Bourbon County Stout, A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.


Beef Tri-Tip & Oregon King Salmon

Portland Farmers’ Market Sides Like:
Oven-roasted Peppers & potatoes, olive oil, lemon, sea salt
Roasted Farm carrots & Beets, celery root puree
Fried Cauliflower, anchovy salt, sunflower seeds, manchego

Dessert Beer Pairing

6. Bourbon County Barley Wine, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care.

Cost: $75.00 per person. Includes all courses and beer flight pairings.
For reservations, please email Natalia Toral at

If you've never been to Raven & Rose, you are in for a treat. Located in the beautifully restored, 132 year old historic Ladd Carriage House, Raven & Rose is a gem in downtown Portland that you must experience to believe. The ambiance is definitely upscale, but the atmosphere is homey and relaxing. This is your opportunity to experience some top flight beers and some delicious food at an amazing venue. I was impressed and I'm sure you will be, too.

Although my dinner was a little different than the wonderful menu above, these photos should give you an idea of the treats in store for you:

First up: Goose Island IPA
Class of 88 - Superb
Tasty side dishes!
There's the beef!
And the salmon!
Dessert was something special!

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