If you love beer but think maybe you’d like to experiment with a new way of drinking it rather than your usual trip down the local, then you’re in luck, there is an unusual event happening this August, offering a food and beer pairing like London has never seen before. To celebrate the launch of their new ‘quarterly experiment’ Cloaking Device, the Brooklyn Brewery team will be hosting an exclusive keg tasting at one of their new favourites The Axe, on 10th August at 7pm, Stoke Newington.
Guests will be able to help the team operate on their very own Brooklyn Brewery corpse in a grown-up game of ‘Operation’, removing a selection of offal-based dishes, prepared Yakitori style, and pairing these with a taster of Cloaking Device to emphasise key flavours and characteristics of the beer itself.
This unusual but completely awesome event is taking place to mark the introduction of Brooklyn Brewery’s brand new aged porter, in the latest release of its latest limited edition quarterly experiment. Cloaking Device, a rare and unique aged porter created by award-winning brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his barrel-aging team, stands as a tribute to the porters of the past, packing a punch at a boozy 10.5% ABV. A strong porter brewed with the Brettanomyces yeast strain, the beer is aged for nine months in French oak red wine barrels, hand-bottled and re-fermented in the bottle with champagne yeast.
The resulting drink is a versatile companion for food including barbecued venison or dry-aged steak and hearty cheese, boasting earthy aromas, a thrilling rush of cacao-like fruitiness, hints of vanilla and pineapple, a touch of acidity, an underlying forest-floor funk and the powerful murmur of French oak barrels.
If you don’t get a chance to pop in for a casual game of operation to try this latest tipple then do not dismay, the Brooklyn Brewery team will be offering sampling from one of their five super limited-edition kegs of Cloaking Device during this year’s London Beer City. If you want to give it a try, make sure you pop into one of the four London venues chosen to mark the launch by offering free samples on a first come first served basis: King’s Arms (Bethnal Green), Earl of Essex (Angel), The Mermaid (Clapton) and The Black Heart (Camden).
For more information, visit www.brooklynbrewery.com
ADDRESS: The Axe
18 Northwold Rd
Written by Jordan Crowley