Belching Beaver Brewery Brand Refresh Party.
Belching Beaver Brewery out of Vista is spicing up their logo and giving it a new look. To mark the occasion, they hosted a beer and food event on their back patio on what turned out to be a gorgeous, warm sunny day in downtown Vista. The event provided some new beers, an array of old favorites, and tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere. The clincher was getting there early enough for a shady corner of the patio, only facing the sun to grab thirst quenching pours of Belching Beaver. It was worth the sun exposure. Having just experienced Chef Ramiro’s food pairing concoctions for The Bruery, I was excited to see what he could do with beers brewed just feet away from him. All of his creativity is discussed below.
Carnitas Tostada with Mango IPA
San Diegans know you can never go wrong with tacos and beer. An IPA paired with spicy pulled pork on a fried tortilla was a fancy twist on the classic, as the mango salsa on the tostada married well with the Mango in the IPA.
Green Papaya with Me So Honey Blonde
I was pretty skeptical when I grabbed this dish, curious how slaw would survive a hot afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the green papaya, mixed in a Me So Honey mustard. It was a light, sweet, refreshing combination that reminded me of mid summer BBQ’s.
Grapefruit Blintz with Hop Highway IPA
This fancy pancake was likely meant for last as a dessert, but my beer instincts told me to save the dark beer for last as I barbarically folded the fancy cake in half and ate it like a taco. Washing down the sweet cream and sour grapefruit with a solid IPA made for a lovely “dessert.”
Vegetable Mole with Viva La Beaver
The final dish and drink was a vegetable mole paired with their peanut butter and chocolate milk stout. This beer is so delicious and creamy, and the bitter chocolate was a nice addition. It helped to wash down the little bit of spiciness in the mole.
To end the day, we tried one of the new beers released at the party. It was the Coffee-Maple-Vanilla Scotch Ale. If the name sounds like a mouthful, you should try the beer. All the flavors mesh beautifully in this unique pour. I noticed the maple mostly in the aroma, and the vanilla and coffee collapse onto the palate and end with a smooth, creamy finish. It was on the sweeter side, so if you are not into sweet beers I suggest starting with a taster. But this beer, among others, is definitely worth making the trip over to the Vista Tavern to drink and enjoy the outdoor patio as we get closer and closer to summer.
All Words & Photos by: Justin Kunert
302 E. Broadway, Vista
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