Pike Brewing Company's 4th Annual Chocofest. This was an event for lovers of good food, good beer, good wine, good spirits and good times; and proceeds went to help Farestart here in Seattle.
Watch for an even more fully-detailed blog post later on, but for now here are just a few of the evenings many highlights and new discoveries:
Carter's Chocolates was one of many chocolatiers at Chocofest, but I really like the extra effort they took to make these delicious chocolates with a Pike logo on them. They paired great with Pike's new 6X Stout or their Old Bawdy barleywine.
Bainbridge Organic Distillers:
Bainbridge Organic Distillers brought out their Battle Point Whiskey, Doug Fir Gin and Legacy Vodka. All of them were quite good and along with a few others I tried through the evening, I think it may finally be time to give Gin another shot. The new crop of small batch and organic distillers cropping up are changing the classic Gin herb blend a bit in ways I'm enjoying.
Mistral Kitchen in Belltown presented some very tasty little stout sandwich cookies that paired well with many of the beer & wine offerings at the event. Mistral's full menu/philosophy ranges from somewhat casual to quite formal - for any occasion, large or small.
Mt. Townsend Creamery:
Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend. I especially liked their 'Off Kilter', which combines the flavor of Red Alder with Pike Brewing's Kilt Lifter Ale - and their Fromage Blanc - served up on little pieces of chocolate cookie.
Pike Brewing Company:
Elsom Wines had some nice selections poured in cute little mini wine glasses, including a Cabernet that paired great with many of the chocolates.
Naked City Brewing:
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. He presented two new offerings for this year's Chocofest: Choco Train Milk Chocolate Imperial Stout and Schokoladen Heizenbier - a chocolate Hefeweizen. Both were great, but I have to conjure my best Ozzy Ozbourne impression and declare "ALL ABOARD" for Chco Train. It was delicious. My wife and I both had at least three samples of this one.
Clear Creek Distillery:
Clear Creek Distillery, but both were quite good. I've actually been searching for a good Grappa - they seem difficult to find at times, and I may have just found a really good candidate.
To see my full set of photos from the evening, please click HERE.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.