Monday, February 09, 2009

The Alchemist

Is so awesome, it has made my tiny list of things I MUST do before we leave Vermont. I'll get to that list later.

I had two 10 oz beers: FluxCapacitor and Sterk Wit. FluxCapacitor is dark, malty, and smooth. It was my favorite of the evening. Sterk Wit is really strongly flavored with coriander spice and also has some Curacao orange peel. I really liked it, but in a "wow, that's really interesting" way. I think I'd be more interested in pairing this with food than drinking it on its own. Doug ordered a pint of Donovan's Red, which tasted nicely of hops (mild, however) and was a beautiful dark red color.

The food is fun! We got the Liverwurst Plate with shaved red onion, house pickles (this is so cool), aged cheddar cheese, house spicy mustard and Red Hen Pumpernickel (Red Hen is one of my favorite bakeries. I'll miss Red Hen bread a lot.); the Beer Cheese Dip made with Alchemist Lightweight Ale, served with pretzel bits; Sweet Potato Fries served with herb sour cream (I never resist sweet potato fries); and the House Smoked Mushroom and Pepperoni Pizzetta with marinara, mozzarella and parmesan. The dinner menu, sandwiches, soups, salads, and specials all sounded good, too, but this time, it was all about the snacking to complement the beer. Although I was really tempted by the chili special. Hm.

I'm hoping I can go back at least one more time (since I probably can't make it every weekend). It's wildly popular, which makes me happy. It's also very dark and very noisy, but it's that kind of place. Since it was so dark, I couldn't photograph the food or beer with the camera on my phone. I'll have to bring a real camera next time.

Here is the one picture I got, with my FluxCapacitor beer:


SkylersDad said...

Sounds delicious, I am a dark beer lover myself.

Ellen Aim said...

Nice. I'd order the FluxCapacitor just for the name! ;)

Veloute said...

Oh, they have this stout that sounded SO good. I'm so getting that next time.

EA, I think it was the name that put me over the edge on the decision of which one to try first.