Modern Times Visits Wellington
We've been enjoying Modern Times beer fresh from San Diego for almost a year now, and in that time it's made a huge impression in Wellington.
Exciting news then, that Beer Without Borders has organised a visit next week from their head brewer, Matt Walsh.
To make the most of Matt's visit he'll be doing some collaborations with local brewers, and participating in a couple of tasting events.
The first of which is a dinner organised by BwB, at our upstairs neighbours Zibbibo.
Chef Glen Taylor has recently become involved with Zibbibo, and is keen to get involved in beer events. So a Modern Times collaboration dinner was a natural choice for Matt's visit.
The dinner will consist of five courses each matched to a Modern Times beer, with Matt explaining each beer and chef explaining the food match.
A five-course dinner like this would usually cost well over $100 a person, but you'll be able to experience these five matches for just $85 per person. That's some amazing value, especially after seeing the preliminary menu which looks ridiculously delicious.
The dinner is 7pm next Wednesday (4th) however, so book quickly by calling Zibbibo on 04-385 6650.
If you can't make the dinner, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on meeting the man behind Modern Times. Next Thursday (5th) we're holding a more informal "meet the brewer" evening at the bar.
Matt Walsh will be hanging out at the bar, available for hand shaking and geeky question answering. Plus we'll be putting three exciting Modern Times beers on tap.
PBE favourites Fruitlands Cherry Gose and Grapefruit Fortunate Islands will make a return, along with the classic Lomaland Saison.
The Rhino boys are back in the lounge this Saturday, with funk hip hop fusion from live horns and drums, combined with looped samples from the turntables of Uncle Silverback.
Their innovative funky/jazzy tunes start at 9.30pm this Saturday, with no cover charge as per usual.
Day of the Horchata
Horchata is a Mexican dessert-drink made from rice and featuring cinnamon and vanilla. It's quite delicious and worth a go if you see it on the menu at your next mexican dinner.
Until then, why not try a beer based on the drink?
There was in fact a Horchata-inspired beer at PBE - the Laboratory/Kinocine Wake up! Time to Die! was a horchata-imperial porter.
After making that beer, brewer Jim Holly wanted to make the antithesis of WUTTD - an horchata imperial cream ale.
Horchata Blanca is a collaboration between Kinocine (Ryan from BwB) and Steampunk (Jim from Twisted Hop/Laboratory). Being a cream ale, Horchata Blanca is quite pale and contains some corn adjunct. However it weighs in at a hefty 7.8%, hence the 'imperial' prefix. The bigger body provides a nice base for the traditional horchata ingredients of cinnamon and vanilla.
We'll be tapping Horchata Blanca this Tuesday at 5pm, it's gonna be an interesting one.