I got a call from Vlado of Roland and Russell a few weeks ago with a plan: he wanted to get me to Toronto on April 15th, get me to Beerbistro and pour great Scandinavian beers into me as I eat wonderful food. Sadly (or rather happily) the life of the family man in the county town rarely provides for such big city events - even if they look as good as this one does - so I probably will not be able to attend despite the siren song of the press release:
Each dish will be perfectly matched with one of eight spectacular beers being specially brought in for this event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste beers from two of Denmark’s finest breweries – Norrebro Bryghus and Mikkeller. One of the world’s leading beer experts, Canada’s own Stephen Beaumont will provide an unbiased and passionate sketch of Denmark’s vibrant craft beer landscape. Tentatively confirmed for this evening is Anders Kissmeyer, the man behind Nørrebro Bryghus and one of Denmark’s most recognized artisanal brewers. Featured beers are: Mikkeller’s Warrior IPA, Jackie Brown, Beer Geek Brunch, Stone Alesmith and Nørrebro’s La Granja, Skargaards Porter, Paske Bock and Old Odense.
Not a bad line up at all and there is even a mystery nightcap. Tickets go on sale March 27th and are available by calling Kathleen or Cheri at 416.861.9872. Cost is $120 plus tax/tips. Fortunately, I have a Nørrebro Bryghus La Granja Stout which I might pull out on the night and have with, you know, eight peanut butter sandwiches in a sad desperate attempt to recreate the moment at home. Maybe with different jellies. By the way, does anyone else not know why Mikkeller's logo looks like 1870 mug shots in woodcut? I had no idea that 1870's mug shots were done in woodcut - which would require some pretty fast woodcutting if, you know, the James Gang¹ had just left town and you needed to get the word out.
¹As opposed to this one.