Friday, October 16, 2009
Christie, an old friend from our San Diego days, recently paid her annual fall visit to the Stewart Inn before heading South for the winter. We had time for lunch before the Twins-Tigers game so we decided to walk a few blocks in the rain to the Red Eye Brewing Company. It was after the noon rush, giving our articulate server Jackson time to explain in detail both the chef's menu offerings and brewmaster Kevin Eichelberger's beer selections. A unique feature of the pub is a blackboard showing the properties of each beer including specific gravity, international bitter units, and alcohol by volume. Jackson explained how these influence the character of the beer, giving us an idea of what to expect from each. Christie selected the seasonal Fest beer, Jane went with her favorite, Veruca Stout, and I tried Kevin's Belgian dubble called Scarlet 7. All were true to their types and went especially well with our sandwich selections. We saved room for the Redeye's killer desert, a folded pizza crust filled with Nutella and dusted with powdered sugar. Christie loved the feel of the pub and remarked what a great value the beers are. We couldn't agree more.