About a mile outside of downtown Birmingham, the Big Rock Chophouse and Brewery has been creating delectable dishes and award winning beers for 14 years. Wednesday evening at The Reserve, their special event location, the Imported from Michigan Strolling Beer Event took place.
A relatively intimate crowd of around 100 guests enjoyed beers from four different Michigan breweries and one Michigan beer store. Short’s Brewing of Bellaire, Kuhnhenn Brewing of Warren, Milking it Productions of Royal Oak, and Big Rock Chop House of Birmingham offered (at least) four beers at each station.
Guests were given 20 drink tickets upon entrance to use any way they like. Each drink ticket was worth one 2 ounce pour.
As we strolled from station to station, brewmasters and/or brewery employees greeted us and regaled us with stories of beer, bars, and other brewing related shenanigans. Plenty of laughter (both alcohol induced and not) could be heard.
All of this laughter and drinking makes hunger pangs strong. Luckily, Big Rock’s kitchen prepared a mini buffet of three dishes made specially for the event. Garam Masala crusted chicken breast with curry apple stew & cous cous salad was made as an accompaniment to Big Rock’s Norm’s Raggedy Ass Ale, a recent gold medal winner at the World Beer Cup. The sweet, earthy savoriness of the chicken matched perfectly with the crisp bitterness of the ale.
Other notable beers: Axl Pale Ale from Milking It Productions, Fourth Dementia Old Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing, and The Chocolate Wheat from Short’s Brewing.
If that wasn’t enough, after the event was over (for an additional cost), we headed over to Big Rock and had another tasting – this time with meads and ciders. Dessert of bread pudding and chocolate chip cheesecake were served as well.
Indulgence on top of indulgence, this was a special evening. Already looking forward to next year.
Here’s a short slideshow of some of the food and people from the event.
The entire set of photos can be viewed on Flickr.