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.