Oktoberfest, the modern-day, overcrowded beer festival with non-stop beer mug clanking action has returned for this month. Fortunately for craft beer lovers and people with finer tastes, there is an event made for us at Five Crowns in Newport Beach: Porktoberfest. Now in it’s 6th year, the six-course tasting of all swine related and goodness was served in the open-air green house and garden area of Five Crowns.
The Lawry owned family of restaurants at Five Crowns offers everything pig related during this event. Parts such as pork shoulder, leg, hock, belly, ribs, shoulder, and every part imaginable was used for this family style dinner. Firestone Walker Brewing offered six very different styles from its portfolio ranging from Wild-Ales, to IPAs, to Imperial Stouts for a relaxing night of history as told by David Walker (Co-Owner) of Firestone Walker Brewing.
Pork Rillette-Pork shoulder, tomato confit, crispy garlic and paired with SLO-Ambic
Nose to Tail Soup-pork leg, hock, foot, belly, shoulder, and head, fennel, Maitake mushrooms paired with Leo vs. Ursus Inferos
Glazed Pork Belly-pork belly, cucumber, almond, radish, watercress paired with Helldorado
House made English Banger-pork shoulder & belly, beer braised cabbage, sweet peppers, mustard paired with DBA
Ribs-Green bean salad, mac n’ cheese, paired with Venice Generation I
Fruit Galette-pork belly, house smoked pancetta paired with Parabola
As every beer was introduced, Walker follows with a bit of history behind the beer. Here were the excerpts throughout the night.
Slo-lambic -“This is a wild-ale that contains viciously destructive yeast and the style is not for everyone, like anthrax in a kindergarten. After 4th and 5th time while in the shower, you’ll end up accepting it.”
Inferos-“Just like their Luponic Distortion beer, Inferos was created by part of the movement of the IPA palate.”
Helldorado-“This is a big beer, a blond barleywine. As for barreling, we buy bourbon Barrel from Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle and other distilleries. We carry in total, around 4,000 barrels.”
DBA-“It’s the first beer we ever brewed that started it all. It’s an English pale ale that is clear, easy to drink, like ones from Denmark and England. We set out to make this beer to with same image. Primary fermentation of DBA is in wooden barrels which 20% goes to that contraption and 80% goes to steel and it gets blended back. (Hence Double Barrel ale). You can Can Noble hops in the background., drinks like London Pride.”
Venice Generation I-“American thirst dictates and 40% of US drinks IPA. It’s also hugely popular in Europe.”
Parabola-“A giant Imperial Stout, throw in bourbon barrel and store about a year, mixed in their Anniversary beer in October.”
A totally new way to enjoy Oktoberfest, The Porktoberfest. No lines, great beers, awesome food, and I was still able to clank beer glasses with my table side neighbors. Thanks for a wonderful evening and beer education. Mark your calendar for next year for this low-key and highly enjoyable beer pairing event at Five Crowns.