June marked our first meeting at our NEW HOME, 1520 Clay St. in North Kansas City (iWerx) and we were not disappointed to say the least. We were joined by a very special guest speaker, author Pete Dulin, as he schooled us (happily we might add) on food/beer pairings. We enjoyed two different styles of salads (recipes coming soon) paired with a tropical pale ale and a Trippel and listen to Pete share his love for palette pleasers. If you get a chance pick up his newest book release, Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri at your local Barnes and Noble or through Amazon.
Round 2 of the Missouri Mashers 2018 Iron Brewer Challenge took place as well with two out of the four teams advancing to Round 3. The Round 2 challenge was for the teams to brew a beer and incorporate a Spring flower(s) into the beer. An added challenge was to pair and present a dish with the beer to the panel of judges. Cherish Pageau, Daniel Woodard and Adam Schwarzel advanced to Round 3 with their winning entry of a delish Jasmin Wit Beer paired with Jasmin Rice w/a Jasmin-infused Sriracha Hot wing on a bed of sticky rice (I’m told this was incredible BUT alas…I received none!…just sayin’). Bri Burrows and Brian KC Jones advance to Round 3 as well with their entry of a Pink Rose petal Strawberry Shandy paired with a Hibiscus-candied Pork belly with pink rose infused cream cheese served on top and garnished with a…oh wait…we forgot the Strawberry garnish! Nonetheless it ended up being a hit as well. For Round 3 the two teams must brew a traditional Oktoberfest Bier using only German ingredients and German purity standards. This beer will be judged and showcased at the Missouri Masher’s 1st Annual Oktoberfest party on opening day of Oktoberfest, September 22.