Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tastings around the metro

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

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Over the next few weeks, there are plenty of opportunities to dip your toe into a bit of booze. 

It's short notice, but worth re-arranging your schedule for a scotch tasting tonight at Anthony's Restaurant & Lounge. The Balvenie and Glenfiddich tasting begins at 6 p.m. and costs $30 to sample five different malts. 

If you can't make it to Anthony's, consider stopping by JP Wine Bar for its Friday night tasting between 6 and 8 p.m. It's free for wine club members and $10 for the rest of us. The selections are highlighted by a Domaine de Couron "Cuvee Marie Dubois" Syrah Cotes du Rhone 2005.

Speaking of wine, Cellar Rat

has two tastings this month that should make you want to call in reservations. The cheesemakers of Weston's Green Dirt Farms will be on

hand this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. to offer up samples paired with offerings

from Inland Sea Winery. Just five nights later, come back for a Single

Malt Scotch tasting. A representative from Signatory Scotch will be on

hand Thursday, October, 22, to walk participants through eight

different malts. The class starts at 6 p.m. and is $30.

October is simply a reason to continually celebrate Oktoberfest. Embrace that concept next Tuesday, October 20, at the 75th Street Brewery's

Oktoberfest Brewmaster Dinner. The five-course meal with German beers

is $45 per person. Roasted quail with pumpkin spatzle is the standout

entree, while a Tucher Dunkles Hefeweizen will have you booking a

ticket to Munich. Call 816-523-4677 to reserve tickets.

McCoy's hosts the

next in its series of Brewmaster dinners on Tuesday, November 3, at

6:30 p.m. It's six courses paired with Belgian Trappist beers --

everything from scallops to short ribs and a taste of the Orval Belgium

Pale Ale (Orval brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock is teaming with Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels on an Imperial Pilsner).

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