“Barleywine & Bites” Beer Tasting & Fundraiser for Jeff Walker

Posted on Apr 20 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Jeff Walker (formerly of JJ Brewsky’s & currently a candidate for Ventura County Treasurer), hosts a “Barleywine & Bites” Fundraiser at EWCo. on Wednesday 4/21 . Jeff will pour Rare Brews from his Private Collection. Jim “Casey”, Certified Wine & Beer Specialist, will pair the Beers with Bites of Cheese, Nuts & Chocolate!

The Barleywine & Bites Tasting will be available from 7:00 to 10:00 for a $60 contribution to Jeff Walker for Treasurer 2010 (Campaign ID#1325560). In addition to the Tasting, the EWCo. Dining & Dessert Menus will be available. Feel free to bring a non-beer drinking Wine loving friend and you’ll both Save 25% Off the Dining Menu! Seating is Limited so RSVP.

The Beers to be Poured & Discussed:
2006 Firestone 10
2007 Firestone 11
2008 Firestone 12
2009 Nectar Black Xantus
2010 Allagash Curieux

Details on the Chocolate & Cheese Pairings:

10 years ago “L’Artisan du Chocolat” began making fresh chocolates on a daily basis. Chocolatier Christian Alexandre creates his confections by hand without any preservatives. He uses 20% less sugar than store bought fare. “Fresh” means that his chocolates are more food than product. They are perishable and should be consumed within several weeks (store bought product has a 6 month shelf life). Christian’s confections are favorites of Maria Shriver, the Dalai Lama and Suze Orman. More info at www.lartisanduchocolat.net

One of the cheese pairings for the tasting is a Cambozola Triple Cream. A creamy, cow’s milk blue from Germany. It combines French Camembert and Italian Gorgonzola, but adds cream for a relatively milder cheese. Gorgonzola and Barleywine Style Beer are a standard pairing (check out the beer & cheese pairing guide by The Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, and the American Dairy Association). We’re seeking to go beyond standard with a Barleywine & Cambozola pairing!

The other pairing will be a White Stilton with the Allagash Curieux Belgian Style Tripel. White Stilton is an English cheese that comes from Leicestershire. It is a vegetarian cheese that is made from cow’s milk. The cheese is mild and crumbly with a lemon-fresh acidity. The “Curieux” (translates to Curious, as in Surprised, Astonished, e.g., “I want to know more!”) is Cellar Aged for 8 Weeks in Jim Beam Bourbon Oak Barrels. Although a hefty 11.5%, it’s Golden Orange in hue and effervescent on the tongue. Although not a sweet beer, it pairs wonderfully with Creme Brulee, Cheese Cake and yes, White Stilton.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Saturday 4/24 Live Jazz “Pairing” of Guitarist Barry Cooper & Bassist “Dr. Matt” Van Benschoten - “Tasty Tuesday” 4/27 Beer Specialist Chuck Hiigel presents world wheat beer traditions — More info: http://www.essentialwineco.com/calendarofevents/

Allagash Curieux

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Essential Wine Co. is Camarillo’s one-of-a-kind wine experience, offering patrons a selection of rare and reasonably priced wines and craft beers for purchase, along with wine-related gift ideas and baskets, wine bar tastings and dining options, educational events, live music and more. We are located in Camarillo Village Square at 2390 Las Posas Road (at Arneill Road).

Hours of Operation..

Tues-Thurs: Noon’ish-9pm
Fridays: Noon’ish-10pm
Saturdays: Noon’ish-10pm
Sundays: 11:30am-6pm
Monday: 1pm-9pm (Wine Shop Only, No Bar Service)