Friday, January 25, 2013

Wandering Wino: BYOB Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Lesley shared the skinny on Perl Cafe and Market with her First Bite earlier this month. Now the new restaurant at 7114 Highway 70S, Suite 109, is teaming up with Iroquois Wine and Spirits across the street next to Kroger for an innovative take on a wine dinner tonight, Friday, Jan. 25. Since Perl does not have a license to sell wine yet, it’s strictly a BYOB situation, so if you go to Iroquois to get your wine, mention you are buying it for the dinner and you’ll receive 10 percent off your wine bill.

The kitchen at Perl has planned a three-course prix fixe menu for $50/person or $90/couple. Take a peek at the menu to help you with your pairings, or ask the folks at Iroquois for advice:

First Course

Charcuterie Plate: headcheese, duck prosciutto, pickled carrot & parsnip, house cured bacon & goat cheese stuffed dates, toasted baguette & housemade spicy mustard

Second Course

Tarragon cioppino with clams, scallops & prawns in smoked tomato broth with risotto & caper butter

Third Course

Goat's Milk Crème Brulee, Pistachio Honey Brittle & Lavender Crème Anglaise

Reservations may be made by calling (615) 646-1390. Perl will be hosting another wine dinner on Feb. 15 and their first live music night early in February.

Also today on the west side of town is the weekly Friday happy hour(s) from 4 to 7 p.m. at West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart at the split of Highways 70 and 100. Today they’re featuring eight beers, including some nice high-gravity options.

Beer Selections for January 25th, 2013

Bridgeport Hop Harvest Imperial Pilsner - $7.99

Hop Harvest Pilsner is an Imperial Pilsner style fresh-hop beer using Austrian Aurora hops in the kettle and 4.5 lbs. per barrel of green Oregon Tettnang hops in our hopjack. The base for this beer is Great Western Maltings Co.'s Superior Pilsen malt which gives a very light golden color combined with a biscuit-like pilsner malt flavor to complement that generous amount of hops of European heritage.

Caldera Old Growth Imperial Stout - $10.49
Score: 90 (Beer Advocate) 99 (Rate Beer)

Brewed in late December of every year, this imperial stout ages for one whole year before its release. 8.8% ABV. Pours a deep brown-black. Generous malty character on the nose giving off dark fruit, roast, anise and molasses.

Green Flash Rayon Vert Belgian IPA - $10.99
Score: 97 (Rate Beer)

If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character.

Sweetwater Happy Ending - $12.99
Score: 94 (Beer Advocate) 97 (Rate Beer)

This seasonal "Catch and Release" Imperial Stout is a dry hopped stiffy, leading to an explosive finish at 9% ABV that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Southern Tier Choklat Stout - $8.99
Score: 100 (Rate Beer) 95 (Beer Advocate)

At Southern Tier, were not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus,the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet
candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout.

New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - $12.99

Frambozen begins with the aroma of fresh red raspberries, followed by the ripe seductiveness of a fruity brown ale with depth and delicate malt notes. It is deep ruby in color, with flavors just as rich. Every year, New Belgium sends a delegate to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the process of turning freshly picked berries into a pure juice to be added in fermentation.

Southern Tier Unearthly IPA - $8.99
Score: 92 (Beer Advocate) 99 (Rate Beer)

An Uninhibited Infusion of Hops. We continue our commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewers crafts skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops come forward as your first sip divulges this beers fervent soul.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - $10.99

With a little creative curiosity, we used spent bourbon casks, fresh from decanting, and filled them with our very own Kentucky Ale. From barrels that once held the finest bourbons of Kentucky, we present Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, a smooth, golden elixir unlike any other. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrel.


Frugal MacDoogal is a sponsor of the upcoming Wine Benefit and Cocktail Tasting benefiting the Assistance League of Nashville on Feb. 8 at Richland Country Club. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature over 50 wines available for tasting, as well as food, cocktails and a silent auction.

The tasting costs $100/ person and raises money for the Nashville Chapter of Assistance League, an organization which provides aid to community children in need of school supplies and emotional support.

For more information and reservations, call 615-252-6772.

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