Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hooo-boooy, dat's hot! Victory's Chili Challenge was a blast this past Sunday. Thanks to Karen Noonan for the invitation to be on the panel of "expert" judges. Tasting happened in an undisclosed location, with points awarded for appearance, aroma, consistency, originality, and flavor. The entries were coded by letter on our end, while the people in the brew pub voted by number, so everything was pretty darn fair.
We at the Ferment Nation have plenty of pictures to share by way of a Picasa web album, which is coming up in the next day or so, but let's catch up with the winners:
1st place: Ian Jenkins & Megan Maska with their Beast Breath Chili
2nd place: Chuck Golder with It's Just Chili
3rd place: Meg Davis, Amanda Hoffman, and Dillon Allen with Philly Chili
The people voted as well and named John's Doe Chili the best of the best. That team included Andrew McGarry, Alex Chryst and Ali Leaf.
Thanks again to everyone at Victory for making the Chili Challenge an amazing event! Be on the lookout for a new post ASAP which will include our own photos and shoutouts to some other fun judges that we met along the way. Cheers!
Posted by Owen McCuen at 8:59 AM
Friday, February 10, 2012
It was a snowy Wednesday night when Citizen Elizabeth and I ventured forth to the Iron Hill Brewery in West Chester, PA for their beer and chocolate pairing event with the down-the-street neighbors, Eclat Chocolate. If you haven't had their chocolates yet, you are missing out, and for fans of the Ferment Nation, there is their beer lover's box of chocolates. Quite tasty. Be sure to check them out.
The event started out with a glass of their 10 year anniversary Belgian Quad known as FE 10. At 10.5% abv, it was a nice starter for the event to get things going. What I liked about this beer was that it was not overwhelming. I don't drink Belgian quads much because they can be too syrupy, and just too much. FE 10 was tasty and smooth and I would definitely drink it again (I can't say that for many Belgian tripels or quads). After that inaugural glass of beer, it was kind of an open house for beer and chocolate. Eclat brought five different kinds of chocolate varying in bitterness and ingredients, and Iron Hill paired them up (of course, other pairing experiments were encouraged!) with five of their beers: Russian Imperial Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout (just tapped that day), Oompa Loompa Stout, a Bourbon aged stout, and F. Red.
Posted by PMcC at 5:42 PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
We are SUPER PUMPED for the Victory Chili Challenge! When is it? Sunday, February 26th, 2012. I love chili. I love beer. I love Victory... seems like a no-brainer, right?!?
So check out the EVENTBRITE INVITATION.
Trying to get there from the Philly area? Check out this map:
Better yet, check out Victory's website and get directions from every which way. CLICK HERE.
Here's a cool tidbit: El Presidente is going to be a special guest judge!
Have another graphic!
Posted by Owen McCuen at 6:21 PM