This Valentine’s Day, a friend from our small group at Renewal Church was kind enough to watch the kids while Christina and I went out for dessert. At least, it was supposed to be dessert – dinner didn’t get finished in time, so we took off without it to spoil the meal!
Having recently discovered a Greenville gem in The Community Tap (look, a Drupal site!), I saw through their Twitter account that they were offering what sounded like an awesome opportunity – a Valentine’s Day beer, cheese, wine, and chocolate tasting. Christina and I had never done anything like that before, so it was a bit of a gamble surprising her, but she was suitably impressed.
Sadly, we didn’t grab any picture of the plates before diving in, but we did bring home a menu to remember. Ed did the pairings and presentation, including:
- Cuvee Stephi Ebullience (sparkling white wine) paired with Cazelle de Saint Affrique (soft white sheep’s milk cheese)
- Black and Blue (Belgian ale) from Dogfish Head (hey, another Drupal site!) paired with a bon bon w/ a cinnamon / whisky flavored caramel center from Sweeteeth Chocolates
- A German Spatlese Riesling (semi-weet white wine)paired with a Blue D’Auvergne (cow’s milk blue cheese) and walnuts drizzled with local honey
- Red Spanish wine (a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Carginan grapes) paired with Manchego (sheep’s milk cheese, aged 6 months)
- Port wine from Niepoort paired with a dark chocolate bon bon with a sour cherry center
To top it off, he gave us a taste of Allagash Curieux, a bourbon barrel-aged tripel. Since my wife can’t drink beer (pesky Celiac’s disease), I suffered through her Black and Blue and Curieux. Of course, polishing off that second tasting of Curieux I began to feel the effect of a day without food and an evening of beer and win(e).
Best of all, Christina enjoyed it. I felt it was a gamble of a surprise, but the wine, cheese, and chocolate were more than enough to satisfy her. Even better, they were selling bars of Sweeteth chocolate, so we picked up a couple. The Cinnapsis (cinnamon apple) bar was amazing.
The whole experience was quite unique, and I’m sure we’ll take advantage of such an event again. I’m a Community Tap customer for life, especially after Ed hooked me up with a 64 oz. growler of Lagunitas Sucks before it ran dry a second time.
I picked that up along with a Bell’s Amber growler and a six-pack of RJ Rockers Son of a Peach for tonight’s festivities – my 30th birthday, featuring said beer, a gourmet burger buffet inspired by Grill Marks, assorted sides, and a Nutella crème brûlée for dessert. I’ll be following up dinner with a relaxing dip in Uncle Steve’s hot tub while some older friends in my life exhort me and my near-30 friends to live well in our 30′s.
The Community Tap made for a very special Valentine’s Day and will surely deliver for my birthday. I can’t recommend them enough.