Today was a madhouse of packing that ended in a relaxing evening with our homebrewing friends, Seamane and Rob.
When a few pounds of Copper River Coho salmon arrived on our doorstep this week, we knew we needed some help eating it. The materials that came with the fish said it was ‘perfect for grilling’ so we took note and preheated the grill.
First to taste were Matt’s Basil IPA and Pale Ale (the Basil keg is now empty! I will miss it!)
And then we moved on to a Schlafly Pumpkin tasting: 2011 vs. 2010
I liked 2010 the best! More pumpkin flavor.
We grilled the salmon along with zucchini, tomatoes + basil from the garden and Cheddar garlic
Between the four shipments of Copper River salmon I’ve had this summer, I think my favorite was the rich King salmon from May. It was SO fatty and dense! As the months went on, the salmon got lighter and lighter – still good, but it didn’t make as much of a statement as that King. Probably why it’s called king! When I’m out in restaurants I always look for ‘wild Alaskan’ on the menu (Atlantic = farmed) and I I’ve had trouble over the years with a lot of variation between types. This summer working with the Copper River has been so educational because I can now say that King is my favorite of all wilds.
Matt’s veggies were great – so sweet!! Must be that late-summer harvest!
And with the meal served this Berkshire Brewing Co Hefeweizen that a blog reader brought!
It was the perfect compliment to our grilled meal.
For dessert we tasted more of S+R’s homebrews (including a killer old ale), Matt’s Imperial Stout and this 15% Samael’s Oak Aged Stout by Avery Brewing. INCREDIBLE!
And for munching,
Carpe Donuts given to us by our donutty neighbors! So cakey, which I love in a donut
And a platter of broken Great Harvest cookies. Why-oh-why did it take me 3 months of business to realized how good our cookies are!!!!!!?!? Thisisnotgood.
Fun night of tasting – fun weekend!