Monday, April 02, 2012

Recap of Barrel-Aged Beer Night at The Shark Club in Howell

Written by  Barb Starr
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Recap of Barrel-Aged Beer Night at The Shark Club in Howell

On Thursday night we went out to the Shark Club in Howell for their Barrel-Aged Beer Night. The Shark Club is a big place that can fit around 300 people and at this event there had to be at least 150 patrons out enjoying barrel-aged beers. It’s cool to see this kind of turn out since barrel-aged beers are more of an acquired taste and probably not the first choice for an average beer drinker. I must say it’s nice to see people appreciating great beer and the quality of the beer bring them in the door instead of a $2 beer night.
Recap of Barrel-Aged Beer Night at The Shark Club in HowellThere were 11 beers to choose from and you could get them in a snifter or get a flight with 5 - 4oz samples. The beers that were there were the Barrel Aged Triomphe, Curieux, Shipwreck Porter, Burton Baton, Backwoods Bastard, Bourbon Huma, JJ Dead Guy, Dragon's Milk, Bourbon Dragon Slayer, Envious, & Bourbon Plead the 5th. We decided to get two flights and the only beer we didn’t get was the Dragon’s Milk since we have had it several times before. The beers that stood out to me were the Darkhorse Bourbon Plead the 5th, Arcadia Shipwreck Porter and Founders Backwoods Bastard. They are all great beers!

Recap of Barrel-Aged Beer Night at The Shark Club in HowellAfter a few of the beers we felt it was in our best interest to get an appetizer to help with all the high gravity beers. We chose the spinach and artichoke dip with the pita bread. I must say that pita bread is a much better option than the chips. The dip was great I loved that it had big chunks of garlic. It’s not good for the ladies but it sure is tasty!

This was my first barrel-aged beer event. The Shark Club did a great job of getting a good variety of beers from across the state and also few good ones from out of state. I hope they do this again soon because I had a blast and loved trying a few new beers but also getting to have some old favorites again along with some beers that are hard to get.