New Tastings

On the 21st we celebrated my mother’s birthday by visiting P. F. Chang’s, a great Chinese restaurant.  It provided an excellent opportunity to try a couple of beverages which I had not yet had the pleasure of imbibing.  So, here are a few things you might want to try yourself.

I opened the meal with Magic Hat #9, which is produced by a famed Colorado craft brewer which I have avoided until now for some reason.  Initially, my lack of surety concerning what style the #9 stood for almost made me pass up this beer.  Then, I figured that, if the sommelier here has any intelligence, this beer should fall into one of these styles: Belgian Tripel, Dubbel, or Witbier, IPA, or American Pale Ale.  These beers, especially Belgian Abbey ales, pair marvelously with Asian cuisine.  If you don’t believe me, pay a trip to the Mekong restaurant in Richmond.  Their beer list is huge–the size of their selection of Belgian ales is particularly astounding.  This makes for a great dining experience.  On the advice of a friend of mine who had the pleasure of staying in Belgium, we selected the St. Feuillein’s Tripel.  I shall leave off this digression by saying that no other Tripel has bested it before of since.

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