The Keg & Clover held their first Summer Beer-fest this past Saturday evening. Beer tasters, brewers and spillers were on hand to kick off the K&C’s opening of their outdoor beer-garden. Located behind the old pub-house and nestled under mature oak trees, the beer-garden offers patrons a lively outdoor area to relax and enjoy a pint while overlooking the private pond and a hop-garden.
The pubs policy of allowing people to bring in and share their home-brews ,helped push the beer list up and over 86 varieties.
A strong contingent of home-brewers were present at the party. Members of “Brewers Without Livers” and the Mystic Home-brewing Club were there to do some “research” as they like to call it.. M.H.C. President, Dave O’Brien, continued his series “When Brewing Goes Bad” and had folks laughing as he shared his stories about exploding carboys, home evacuations and the accidental swallowing of a hydrometer
Brew master,Jeff Leiter was on hand to share and talk about his outstanding micro-brews and the future of the micro-brew industry. Jeff is considered by many to be a vanguard of the brewing industry and his insights and predictions for the future of the industry were shared with us during his alcohol fueled presentation. Jeff is currently the Co- Brewmaster at Slumbrew Brewing and brought many samples for folks to try. In hand were Flag Raiser IPA, Blood Orange Hef, Porter Square , Honey Ginger and Midnight Ride Imperial Stout. All were delicious and very much appreciated.
Forge Pond Brewing also had some of thier ales, mead, and wine available but quickly took a backseat to Slumbrew, allowing the spotlight fall on the star of the show.
Although the menu was limited , the food was great. Both the Crispy Bacon and Corn Quesadillas with Avocado-Cherry Tomato Relish and the Tex-Mex Quesadillas were cooked on their outdoor grill. We also had Grilled Pork Tenderloin a la Rodriguez with Guava Glaze and Orange Habanero Mojo ,which came with a side of Mango Jicima Salad. Very tasty! Other homemade salads,sides and pastry were available and got great reviews. The food service was a little slow at times, but we learned that the cook was also partaking in the sampling and at one point,he just gave up,shut down the kitchen and come out to join the party.
Later in the evening, the pubs firepit was lit by a drunken patron. The management didn’t seem to too concerned about it,so we went down,beer in hand, and enjoyed the warmth of the fire.
The K&C opened the next morning at 7A.M. where I enjoyed a breakfast of coffe, fresh fruit salad and Hefeweizens. I wished I lived closer.