You’re probably sick of hearing about the Growler & Gill, so here’s a change of venue. Janet & Lori and I went to the Dog & Cask in Rochelle Park. I pass this place twice a day while commuting, but this is only the second time we’ve been there. D&C is a full-fledged restaurant and bar with a trendy sort of menu and a triple threat approach of beer, wine, and spirits. For example, Janet had a flight of three wines grouped as “spice & fruit” with an old vine Zinfandel, a Petit Sirah, and (I think) a Malbec. They even have flights of whiskies, cocktail specials, and the like. In their menu last night they had an Infused Tequila Flight, with Guajillo Lime, Pineapple Jalapeno, and Barrel-Aged Tamarind. As interesting as those are, I came in search of beer.
Lori does not like hops, so that limited her tap options. However, I know she likes Blue Moon so it was easy to suggest the Allagash White, and she liked it quite a bit. I’m a hop head, so I had more choices, and I assembled a flight. The first one was a Bolero Snort Longhop IPA. This was a straight-forward session IPA, nice but not very distinctive, though I think you could have several of them at 4.2% ABV. The second was Brooklyn Blast IPA, and that was my favorite of the four with a nice shot of orange fading to peach along with a nice hoppy finish. It has some clout at 8.4 ABV. The third was a New Jersey beer, Kane Morning Bell. This was a porter and a strong one at that, with touches of chocolate and smoke, 9.2 ABV, and a good bitter bite coming on the finish. The fourth was Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA. It kind of confirmed what the woman from Green Flash had said on Thursday night, that a Black IPA tends to mask the hoppiness. There was a slight creaminess to it, and a spiciness, with hops coming along late on the finish. Probably my #2 in the flight.
They have some excellent choices in bottle, including Dogfish Head Burton Baton and Ballast Point Sculpin, but since I already have those in the fridge I was headed for new things, and I had a Cask Conditioned Ale, Caron Red Rye Returning. This is hand pumped, and was very smooth and fresh with a nice rye character almost like a hint of whiskey, served close to room temperature. Nice stuff.
We went on the light side for food: excellent red pepper hummus, roasted olives with almonds and cranberries, a cheese board with five different cheeses (including my favorite Beemster), and I had a Scotch Egg. I had seen it on the menu online and had no idea what that meant, so looked it up. It’s an egg (surprise!), sometimes hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage and quickly fried. This one was more like soft-boiled with turkey sausage. Very tasty.