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IPA’s vs. Belgians; Surly Girl and The Beer Wench

Posted by cmh gourmand on June 3, 2008

My friend and podcast co-conspirator, the Columbus Beer Wench along with Surly Girl Saloon (co-owned by my pal Liz Lessner) have a beer tasting event coming up. For in depth information see more at the Beer Wench site.


Here is the press release


Beer, Cheese and Cupcake Tasting

SUNDAY JUNE 8, 5 – 8PM

Surly Girl Saloon, in conjunction with The Columbus Beer Wench, invites the citizens
of Columbus to explore the uncharted territory of a beer, cheese and cupcake pairing on Sunday, June 8th.

The theme of the actual beer tasting will be a battle of India Pale Ales versus Belgian Ales. Tasters will learn the different nuances of each of the two styles, all while enjoying delicious fresh baked cupcakes and select styles of beers and cheeses.

New update (June 6th – stolen straight from Surly Girl’s weekly events e-mail)

$20 gets you a pairing of 4 intense Belgians with 4 ridiculously good cupcakes (made by the tough and lovely Lara Yazvac) and 4 amazing IPA’s with 4 delicious cheeses.


Cupcake tasting and tweaking happened yesterday and we had some very happy staff. Bacon cream cheese frosting was to die for. No, seriously. We all almost killed each other trying to lick the bowl. Mmmm…bacon. Think that’s going to be our only non-veggie product though for the non-omnivores among us.

So the cupcake lineup is now:
Piraat Triple IPA with an orange and cardamom cupcake
Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru with a Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale and cheddar cheese cupcake with bacon cream cheese frosting
Lindeman’s Framboise with a lemon rosemary cupcake
Lindeman’s Pomme with a goat cheese cupcake

(Post Post Script June 8th…..late in the evening)

The event was at attended by 20 plus people. The Stilton was the cheese that pleased all. And it is now official – bacon is the new black, most people loved the bacon icing.

4 Responses to “IPA’s vs. Belgians; Surly Girl and The Beer Wench”

  1. The Columbus Beer Wench said

    Thank you for pimping me out!!!!

  2. Tim J Kennedy said

    Beer and cheese, fine, but with cupcakes??? I don’t think so. Enjoy!

  3. Bear said

    Aw, c’mon, Tim, where’s your sense of adventure? Where would we be if the Italians had said, “Pasta and cheese, fine, but with tomato sauce??? I don’t think so.” Or if the French had said, “Foie gras, oui — foie gras avec sauternes, non!!” IPAs/Belgians and cupcakes could be the Next Big Thing, and it might be starting right here in Columbus!!

  4. Alvin said

    What a perfectly excellent response to Monsiour Tim.

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