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Yesterday, along with a number of the Leeds blogging contingent, I spent the afternoon enjoying lunch with Garrett Oliver and Eric*Ottaway*of Brooklyn Brewery. The meal was organised by James Clay, and hosted by Mr Foley’s *- with a knockout menu served up by Tyler Kiley.
Chicken Wings in Hot Sauce and Pulled Pork Sandwiches headed up the main courses, accompanied by the likes of Brooklyn Blast and Mary’s Maple Porter. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that Pulled BBQ Pork and Maple Porter are a match made in heaven, but I’m going to anyway.
But despite my love of Pork (which does indeed run deep and passionate), it was the dessert course of Black Chocolate Stout with a huge dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream nestled in the top that really put a smile on my face. As you can imagine, there was a lot of chatter in the room as Garrett regaled us with anecdote after*anecdote, but for a fleeting second,*all*that stopped, and there was only the clink of spoons in glasses to be heard.
Some swirled, some sniffed, some dug the ice-cream out and ate that first – but we were all smiling. Garrett confessed that he enjoys this all the time at home, but even he was grinning like a Cheshire Cat as he chased that last bit of Ice Cream around his glass.
And that, my friends, is what it’s all about. Massive thanks to all involved.