Increasingly, local chefs and foodies are warming up to the beer scene. We have noticed a sizable uptick in the number of beer dinners and other beer-food pairing events in recent months. Amongst the culinary elite, Cody Morris is quickly gaining a reputation as a beer and food guru.
Sure, Cody is just a brewer and not some highfalutin James Beard Award-winning chef, but down in SODO his brewery—Epic Ales—is making beers that are truly unique and a growing number of people are discovering that Epic’s beers pair exceedingly well with food. In recent months Epic’s beers have been featured at beer dinners at notable Seattle locations like Solo, Ray’s Cafe, and Caprice Kitchen. There is something about the uncommon and unexpected flavors of Cody’s beers that excite culinary experts as well as craft beer aficionados.
Tonight at the Beer Junction in West Seattle, you have a chance to find out what all the hullabaloo is about. Cody will be there serving up samples of his beer paired with specially selected cheeses. What’s more, the event provides a way for you to support two local animal rescue organizations.
Weekly beer tastings at the Beer Junction run from 5:00 – 8:00 (7:45 last call) every Thursday. The Beer Junction is located in the heart of West Seattle at 4707 42nd Ave. SW.
Here’s a list of what awaits you at tonight’s Epic Ales the Beer Junction:
- Simply Summer: a bone dry earthy hoppy farmhouse ale. Though summer may be over this beer begs to be paired with all the sweet and rich food coming this holiday season.
- Lyli: a light refreshing wheat-based ale brewed with green tea. Wonderful with all those washed rind cheeses that accompany early fall.
- Mathilda: an imperial kvass, slightly tart with bready rye notes and mint throughout. Think Russian surf mojito. Plays nicely with roasted tubers and blue cheeses.
- Beatrice, the spicy cousin of Mathilda, made with szechuan peppercorns and cinnamon. With a nice bowl of curry and this beer on your table you’ve almost escaped the soggy northwest rainy season.
- Project One, the first big beer from the brewery. Boiled for 3 hours until it took on a sark amber hue. This 9.1% beast was brewed with palm, cane and beet sugar, it finds itself halfway between a west coast amber and a Belgian dubbel.