3 Beers for Breakfast: Waking Up with Goose Island

Amiee White Beazley | June 14, 2013 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

There are many events at the Food & Wine Classic outside of the tents, but none more thoughtfully prepared than this morning’s first Goose Island beer breakfast led by the brand’s educator and “beer chick” extraordinaire Christina Perozzi.

It was 7:30 a.m. when we started drinking beer atop the beautiful Limelight Lodge rooftop courtyard. But the selections served by the Chicago craft brewer—perhaps best known for its smooth and subtle Matilda, a Belgian-style pale ale—were incredibly drinkable and dare I say, desirable to consume so soon after sunrise.

Three beers were featured this morning: Sofie Paradisi, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with bright citrus notes and a tart finish; Pepe Nero, a mahogany Belgium farmhouse ale with a black pepper finish; and the outstanding Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, a stout featuring rich, roasted flavors that is aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery. (The latter received a perfect 100 rating by Beer Advocate and is currently rated sixth on a list of top 100 American beers.)

Each beer was delightfully paired with the dishes by Limelight Lodge’s chef de cuisine Joe Gonyo, including a nicely balanced elk hash with poached eggs and just a touch of hollandaise to add creaminess, and a beer batter waffle made with Goose Island Summertime Ale, caramel ice cream, and candied bacon sprinkles. Mix in a perfect view of Independence Pass over the white tents in Wagner Park and the morning was close to perfect, indeed.

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