Saugatuck Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Hopcat Ann Arbor

welcoming beer
BONFIRE BROWN
american brown ale ABV 5.5%

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Classic brown, drinks a bit heavier than expected, hazelnut nose, good lacing, no bitterness. This beer would pair well with lots of food, so seems like a waste to use it as the welcome beer (3.75/5).

REVERENT MONK
belgian-style tripel ABV 10%
paired with lobster bisque cheese ale soup

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Super sweet. Yeasty nose. Does not drink like 10%. Borders on syrupy but doesn’t cross it. The cheese soup is lovely, but the sweetness of the soup and the beer just amplify one another (3.5/5). 

SERRANO PEPPER ALE
amber ale w/serrano peppers ABV 6.7%
paired with roasted red & yellow beet watercress salad topped with pistachios & goat cheese dressing

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Really good balance of heat and flavor from the pepper. I wish this had been paired with the Bonfire Brown, as the nuttiness of each would’ve complemented each other. (4/5). 

SNOW WIZARD
oak barrel-aged brown ale ABV 7%
paired with grilled salmon & grand marnier cherry chutney

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This is a stronger and barrel-aged version of the Bonfire Brown, though it drinks as much sweeter. The salmon was overcooked, and the chutney could have benefited from some acidity (3.5/5).

BBA BLUEBERRY MAPLE STOUT
barrel-aged american stout w/ blueberry & maple syrup ABV 6%
paired with moose track mud pie

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Pie is outrageously delicious, but the pairing missed the mark. Besides being the lightest stout I’ve seen, the blueberry overpowers any maple, which may be from the barrel aging (3/5). 

REVIEW based on SommBeer’s guidance

1. A coherent angle or theme: All beers were from Saugatuck Brewing Company (5/5)
2. Good beer: Using the average of the beer ratings (3.55/5)
3. Proper portions, proper pours: 6 oz pours were perfect (5/5)
4. Pairing the right beer for the food, the right food for the beer: This was the main weakness, and no pairings wowed me (1/5)
5. Atmosphere: Love the communal sitting, as we got to chat with the couples next to us; brewery rep being there is always a nice plus (5/5)

Overall: 19.55/25

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