Though Saturday’s weather was less than ideal, the Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head “Food Truck Beer Dinner” was a great success. Those bold enough to brave the elements were rewarded with a smattering of fantastic beers and incredible cuisine.
Das Bullpen (right outside Nationals Park) was decked out with white lights lining a great big tent and linen tablecloths covering picnic benches. The theme of getting more than expected carried throughout the evening: food trucks’ cuisine ranged from a “Wonky Monster”—a grilled Panini stuffed with half a hotdog, French fries and cheese with gravy drizzled on top (eatwonky.com)—to a grilled quail with Kona coffee-infused teriyaki sauce and Macadamia nut fried rice (hulagirltruck.com). The menu began with a delectable mac and cheese with butternut squash (capmacdc.com), featured bacon-wrapped filet with blue cheese and marbled potatoes (eatstixnow.com), parmesan-crusted salmon with a pineapple-mango sauce (dougthefooddude.com), duck sausage with polenta and a pomegranate reduction (porcmobile.com) and finished with a marble cherry whoopie pie (sweetladiesbakery.com). The event also featured a raffle, proceeds supported Living Classrooms (livingclassrooms.org), at which signed Life & Limb Posters, brewery apparel and big bottles of beer were auctioned off.
Brad Phillips of Sierra Nevada and Josh Fruchtman of Dogfish Head put together a fantastic night pouring 2010 Olde School Barleywine (DFH), Limb & Life (DFH & SN), Foam (SN), Life & Limb (DFH/SN), Jack & Ken’s Ale (SN), Estate Harvest Ale (SN) and Black & Red (DFH), in that order.
Several of these beers met their DC-debut and had never been available in the District before. While Dogfish Head is known for its noteworthy collaborations, the 2009 release of Life & Limb was the first time Sierra Nevada Brewing Company dipped their proverbial chocolate in someone else’s peanut butter (in Calagione parlance). After Life & Limb was brewed, a second runnings beer called Limb & Life was produced, which was also served Saturday evening.
We highly suggest you seek out these beers and try as many of them as you can. While we know that won’t take much convincing, we strongly urge you to seek out as many of these delicious food trucks: Cap Mac DC, Hula Girl, Doug the food dude, Porcmobile, Eat Wonky, Stix and Sweet Ladies Bakery. They’re all over the city so check out their sites, like them on facebook and follow them on twitter in order to see when they’ll be serving good food in your neighborhood or place of work.