Dinner, beers, and I make dessert!

So happy Amber was in town! Of course Jack and I had dinner at our place! Liz, Amber, and Ryan were all able to make it!

Amber and I ransacked the fridge and found two beers that had been there for a while and just had to be drunk. Oddly enough they were both pumpkin beers. Really quite the opposite flavors for spring. But somehow they worked well with dinner.

I had the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale by the St. Lewis Brewery of St. Lewis, Missouri at 8% abv.

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This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve tasted. Yes it’s really pumpkiny. It has all the spicing of a pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. But I think what actually makes this beer better than the many other pumpkin beers is that they actually start with good, drinkable beer. The beer minus all the spices and pumpkin is of a better quality than many of the other brands. I’ve had many pumpkin beers that has horse piss beers with light pumpkin flavor. Obviously this does not make them any better. But this Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is actually decent beer, and tasty!

Anyway, I was very excited because I actually made dessert! I made Mango Sticky Rice! The rice is made and soaked in sugar and coconut milk. Sliced mango on top and its amazing!

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So delicious!

Jack Cooks Dinner

Well, Jack actually cooks dinner almost all the time, but since it was raining and our group bike ride/ cookout got cancelled, Jack had people over for dinner!

Sarah, Austin, and Trevor join us for some southern cookin’! Jack made delicious pork tenderloin, homemade biscuits, beans, corn, and a cake with chocolate icing!

Sarah and Austin also brought 2 six-packs for us to try! It’s like they read my mind! They brought over a porter and a pumpkin beer! Perfect!

First I tried the Bell’s Porter from Kalamazoo, MI.

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Poured into an Ommegang glass, poured very dark black. Light chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts, a bit creamy/milky. Medium bodied, 5.6% abv. But what shocked me the most was no outrageous hops! I was expecting this to be a hoppy porter, probably since the only other Bell’s beer I’ve had is the Two-Hearted IPA. I think this is an amazing American Porter, very happy I got to try it, and I have the rest of the six-pack to finish off! So you will be seeing this again in the future!

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Sara and Austin must have good beer picking mojo because this Schlafly Pumpkin Ale was spot on! A little heftier at 8%, poured a gorgeous orange amber. I thought this was the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor, spices and actual beer. The spices in this beer were a bit more up front and noticeable. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin. It worked really well, since the beer was almost a little creamy feeling. Very pumpkin pie-ish and sweet. This is a good fall weather beer. I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a pumpkin beer that I like! Again, I’m happy to have a few more to try later. I need to tell Jack cook dinners like this more often!