20 January 2010


Lefthand Brewing Co.'s Fade to Black label

I went to Ales4Females at Lefthand Brewing in Longmont, CO on Monday. There are now two tastings per month because they were so overwhelmed with would-be attendees. Not a bad place to be.

Ales4Females is a women’s beer tasting club… and one reason to head to Longmont once a month. Cinzia Wallace and Sue Smith-Troy (both intimately involved with the Lefthand brewery) started the club to empower, educate, and embolden women to enjoy beer. The success of the club has led to other clubs forming around the country, using the Ales4Females name and logo.

Each month, a beer style is featured along with a few small bites paired with the beers offered. There is also an education component to each meeting - and Sue does her best to corral 75 women (an accomplishment after we’ve all had a beer or two).

Monday we tasted winter ales:
- Alaskan's Winter Ale (brewed with spruce tips) paired with clementines;
- Deschutes' Jubelale (a “festive winter ale”) paired with goji berry pistachio crackers and a small sliver of blue cheese; and
- Lefthand’s Fade to Black (a foreign export stout) paired with fennel salami.
The Lefthand pairing was the best of the evening, not surprising since the ladies probably know their beer best. The fat mellowed the hops, and the fennel brought out a bit of fruity sweetness. I was not a big fan of Alaskan’s winter ale, but the clementine pairing brought out the citrus in the beer (and made it taste better). The Jubelale was great with the small amount of blue cheese - too much and it would have overpowered the beer.
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