Monday, May 23, 2022

Bowood by Niche

My normal photographer was not available and I dropped the ball on taking pictures BEFORE taking a bite, so you'll mostly have to go by my say so. (And my photographer is not afraid to take a quick snap of friends and family members dishes too.)

How can you not be a fan of Craft's restaurants, and this was the perfect spot for a Mother's Day dinner. I have no doubt that brunch there is quite busy, so this was a much better pace and a prix fixe meal made the choices simple.

The creamy asparagus soup was everyone's choice as the small plate or starting dish. The clumps of goat cheese were pretty tasty too. I really wanted to lick the bowl.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

The trout was the popular pick for the main course, although my father predictably chose the short ribs. Whether or not he wanted to admit it, he really enjoyed his meal.

Trout with braised greens

Dessert was an easy winner with the chocolate hazelnut tort, although my parents picked the strawberry shortcake. Each course was plenty filling too. 

Chocolate Hazelnut Tort

Definitely a lovely restaurant for upscale family dining with lots of natural light and green plants for a cheery atmosphere. 

Hopefully this makes up for the fact that I never made it to Cafe Osage. 


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Saturday, May 7, 2022

PW Pizza Left Hand Brewing Beer Dinner 2022

Left Hand Brewing is one of the more popular small batch breweries and they have appeared in this series before in 2016 and 2019, as well as an online version last year. I'm also kicking myself because we drove through Longmont, CO while touring the state last year. (And I was pissed that New Belgium was closed the day we were there.)

Left Hand Brewing Can Lineup

Anyway, we started off the night with something new, Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels. Also new, starting off the night with an IPA. I guess to cut through all the meat and cheese? 

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels

The first pizza of the night, The Luau, definitely had a Hawaiian theme with the pineapple and ham, but the BBQ sauce made it not too piggy. Strangely enough, this was paired with their famous Milk Stout in the Nitro can. Ours didn't have much PSSST, so I am wondering if it was a little flat. It's definitely a smooth drinking stout though. 

My favorite pairing of the night was the Chicken Caprese, which was totally covered in cheese. The small container in the picture below held the balsamic drizzle that went on top. The St. Vrain Tripel Ale rang in at a whopping 9.3% ABV, but was the easiest to drink of the night.

The Luau Pizza on the left, and Chicken Caprese on the right

Since Patience was missing this evening, we saved the Peanut Butter Milk Stout (nitro of course) for her and drank the other beers with a Gooey Butter Cake. You know I added chocolate sauce to it!

Gooey Butter Cake

I am pleased to report that we've had almost all completely different beers each time, other than their famous Milk Stout, which has made several appearance. Here are the links to the previous versions.

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Left Hand Brewing Menu


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PW Pizza Wiseacre Beer Dinner 2022

Wiseacre is one of the breweries we stopped at while doing a tour of Memphis in 2016! Patience was super into beer at that time, so we visited several that trip. We have fond memories...

Wiseacre Brewing Can lineup

The first course was my favorite this month because I'm such a big fan of wings. The wings were roasted dry-rubbed, and was paired with the lightest beer, Tiny Bomb, a Pale Lager.

Chicken Wings paired with Tiny Bomb

I wasn't too thrilled there were TWO piggy pizzas on this night's menu but I have to admit the combinations were really good. The first pizza, Carbonara, had a ton of cheese on it. That's my kind of pizza! This was paired with a Bow Echo Hazy IPA... I guess to cut through all the cheese?

Pulled Piggy Pizza on the left, Carbonara Pizza on the right

The second pizza, a Pulled Piggy, was smothered in BBQ sauce, gruyere, and onions with the option to top the pizza with coleslaw. Damn good idea! Again, another IPA called Ananda was paired in order to cut through the BBQ sauce and cheese.

And I couldn't forget a beer name like this: Gotta Get Up to Get Down Stout...definitely one of Pai's favorites. This was well paired with dessert, although it wasn't chocolate. The Tiramisu was pretty tasty with the coffee flavors standing out and going well with the stout.


So when you road trip to see Elvis, make sure to stop by...

Wiseacre Brewing


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Photos by Patience Scanlon

Saturday, March 26, 2022

PW Pizza Oskar Blues Beer Dinner 2022

I had to do some research, but the last time PW Pizza did an Oskar Blues was May 2017 so the only repeat I had before was "Old Chub" (make your own joke), the big Scottish ale with 8% ABV! And both times it was paired with dessert! 

Oskar Blues can lineup

I think this dessert might be the better of the two since this year it was a Peanut Butter Pie, which was a great pairing.

Peanut Butter Pie

My other favorite pairing was the Goat Cheese and Oskar's Lager, so refreshing and easy to drink, plus it cut through the thick goat cheese. I probably could have just made that dinner and just spoon it up!

Goat cheese with Marinara with Crostini

I preferred the Shrimp Scampi Pizza, but it was paired with a very hoppy Western Mutant 7% ABV. 

The Hot Italian pizza had a kick to it thanks to the hot capicola, red onions, and pepperoncini! This made sense to pair with an IPA, the Double Dale, which was even bigger at 9% ABV. 

Shrimp Scampi and Hot Italian Pizzas 

Oskar Blues Menu


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Photos by Patience Scanlon

Saturday, February 12, 2022

PW Pizza Main & Mill Beer Dinner

Could it be possible I've never had beer from Main & Mill? I actually got it confused with 4204 Main St. Brewing in Belleville, which closed and now is about to reopen at 6435 W Main Street! 

And could this possibly be one of the best beers we've had in a couple of years?

Main & Mill Can Lineup

I also cannot remember the last time we started a beer dinner with a stout, much less Irish Beef Stew! February definitely is the season for a hearty soup to kick off a dinner. I'm sure there was a little bit of the beer, an Irish Paddy Stout of course, in the stew as well. It was an exceptionally smooth stout with no bitter beer face!

Irish Beef Stew with Irish Paddy Stout

The Buffalo Pizza had quite a kick (for me) and I used ALL of the ranch that came with it on the side. This was well paired with an American Pale Ale that had big citrus notes. Definitely was necessary to help cool down my mouth!

I didn't think I would much like the Prosciutto & Arugula pizza, but really they should have just named it the Goat Cheese pizza and all would have been fine. I had a small piece and the goat cheese drowned out any piggy. Another good pairing with a Hefeweizen. Easy to drink.

Buffalo Pizza (left) and Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza (right)

The best beer of them all, was the dessert stout. That's something I don't think I've ever said either! The Morning Session Stout featuring Mississippi Mud coffee's espresso and cacao nibs had a huge chocolate flavor! The Cinnamon Rolls that went with it were decadent too.

Cinnamon Rolls

One more thing I have also never said before, road trip to Festus may be added to the list??

PW Pizza Main & Mill Beer Dinner Menu


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Photos by Patience Scanlon

Friday, February 11, 2022

PW Pizza Great Divide Beer Dinner 2021

Another full year of pizza + beer dinners at home makes me a little sad, but I'm just happy they've found a way to keep them going. I smiled when I saw the name "Bish" on the pick up list as they were our constant tablemates. I hope they're enjoying the beer and pizzas as much as we still are...

I had to look back through my past blog posts and we did have beer from Great Divide Brewing back in 2019 so there are a couple of repeats, but a couple new beers to try too!

For something new, our starter was a charcuterie plate, which was mostly filled with cheese to my delight!

Charcuterie Plate

The "boar" pizza was a little gamey tasting to me.

Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed a "ham" pizza...shh, don't tell.

Boar Pizza (left) and Hammy Pizza (right)

The Mixed Berry Crumble was delicious and was appropriately paired with the "fruity" Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale.

Mixed Berry Crumble

Great Divide Menu


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Friday, January 14, 2022

PW Pizza Griesedieck Brothers Brewery Beer Dinner

Although we still cannot do PW Pizza Beer dinners in person, we were ready to kick off the new year with a new brewery - welcome back Griesedieck Brothers! So happy for these beer dinners to give us a chance to try new beers on a regular basis.

Can lineup

German style beer with a soft pretzel? Makes sense to me. The Golden Pilsner was so smooth, I almost thought it was summer.

Pretzel Sticks with whipped salted butter

The Tarte Flambee pizza came with gruyere on it, my favorite part, but it was the bacon and caramelized onions that made it a good pairing with the Double Mellow Amber Lager.

I think this may be the first time for a Schnitzel pizza and definitely the first time with grain mustard and German potato salad on top too! There was a lot going on with this pizza. The Bavarian Wheat was still good by itself though.

Tarte Flambee pizza (left) and Schnitzel pizza (right)

You know Patience loved the 1880 Session Porter and was perfect for the dessert course, Black Forest Cake. You know that was my favorite dish!

Black Forest Cake



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Photos by Patience Scanlon