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Beer of the Week: Real Ale Firemans #4 Blonde Ale



Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.




Real Ale Firemans #4 Blonde Ale

OK, let’s get the bad out of the way first: This beer has the worst grammar of any I’ve seen on the market lately. What exactly is a “Firemans”? The plural of “fireman” is “firemen” and the possessive of “fireman” is “fireman’s,” which leaves us with no place for a poor “Firemans” to go, except in my belly.

Now that my inner copy editor had his say, it’s time to concentrate on what Real Ale in Blanco gets right with this brew, which is just about everything else.

The beer boasts a shimmering golden color with a slightly cloudy tinge that is reminiscent of lemons. A healthy head foams up, but after a few minutes, it settles into a nice lacing around the upper edge.

Lemons come to mind again on first sniff, because that bright citrus dominates the aroma, though a touch of yeast and malt is also present.

Citrus with a lively layer of hoppy bitterness dominate the flavors, and these get more pronounced the warmer the beer gets. But either cold or room temperature, it is refreshing, cutting through anything heavy you may be eating or complementing a touch of spice. It all ends in a dry, clean finish that makes you thirsty for more.

This beer is versatile when it comes to pairing it with food. At the Lion and Rose, you could match it with a bowl of Belgian mussels in a white wine mirepoix or snack through a basket of Bloke’s Mushrooms with ranch dressing. Or you could match it with a more substantial plate, such as Langostino Tilapia with its buttery sauce or the vegetarian Beggar’s Pouches, pasta filled with four types of cheese.

So, put the fire out with a Firemans #4 and leave the grammar to someone else to fix.

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Alamo Anniversary Celebration at Oro, with Real Ale

Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo at the Emily Morgan Hotel’s restaurant, Oro, on Oct. 21. Executive chef Chris Cook will prepare a dinner paired with brews from the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco.

The reception beings at 6:30 p.m.; the dinner beings at 7.  The cost is $49.95 per person, and there is complimentary valet parking.

On the menu:

  • Reception: Lost Gold IPA with Curried Texas Gulf Shrimp Crostini, Spiced Fennel and Lemon Essence
  • Second course: Extra Special Bitter with Tri-peppered Beef Tenderloin, ancho carrot puree and brussels sprouts
  • Third course: Alamo Golden Ale with Achiote-seared Buffalo, spiced marcona almonds, baby greens and ancho buttermilk
  • Fourth course is Octoberfest ale with Braised Andouille Sausage, roasted Anaheim peppers, pickled onion, and Paladian blue cream
  • Final course is Fireman’s Four Blond Ale with Tres Leches, seasonal spiced fruit.

The Emily Morgan Hotel is at 705 E. Houston St. Call for reservations at 210-225-5100.





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Weekend Calendar: Sugar Art, Basil Fest, Hill Country Beer, and More

Real Ale celebrates its anniversary.

“A Taste of Provence” Tasting Menu
Through July 31, $48 plus tax and gratuity, $12 additional for wine pairings
Fig Tree Restaurant
515 Villita
This French-inspired meal starts with your choice of Zucchini Blossom Beignets or Terrine de Légumes.  Next, select either Blue Prawns Provençale or Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass.  The main course options are Pan-seared Herb Marinated Lamb Tenderloing or Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic Créme.  Dessert choices are Hill Country Peach Croustade or Poached Fruit of the Day a la mode.  The optional wine pairing includes Chateau Routas, Rosé Var 2008; Mas de la Dame, Rosé du Mas 2009; and Mas de la Dame, Rouge 2006.  For reservations, call 210-224-1976.

“A Study in Shrimp”
Thursday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, $35 plus tax and gratuity
The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills
1746 Lockhill Selma
The four-course prix fixe includes a glass of wine and starts with “Bloody Mary”: Grilled Shrimp with Sous Vide Celery, Tomato Sofrito, and Horseradish Foam.  The second course is Shrimp Bisque with Tomato-Basil Rouille “Crostini”, followed by “Shrimp and Grits”: Butter Poached Shrimp with Slow Cooked Corn Polenta, Piquillo Peppers. and Garlic Chips. Dessert is “Soufflé” Inspired Nutella-Dark Chocolate Cake with Creamy Peanut Butter Mousse and House Made Caramel.  For reservations, call 210-349-8466.

57th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump
Thursday – Sunday, June 24 – 27, prices vary from free to $8 depending on time of day
305 W. Davis St.
Luling, TX 78648
Watermelon seed spitting, melon eating, and more at this festival east of San Antonio.

Aldaco’s Chef’s Table
Thursday, June 24, 6 – 8 p.m., $24.95 plus tax and gratuity
Aldaco’s Restaurant
100 E. Hoefgen (in Sunset Station)
Blanca Aldaco will be hosting this three-course dinner, which includes margarita and tequila presentation and live Latin guitar by Adam Zuniga.  The menu consists of the following: choice of Tres Marias Iceberg Wedge Salad or Cream of Mushroom Martini; choice of Grilled Rib Eye Steak or Achiote Pechuga Estillo; and choice of Pastel Tres Leches or Chocolate Flan.  For reservations, call 210-222-0561.

Basil Fest
Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., free
Pearl Brewery Complex
312 Pearl Parkway
At 9:30 a..m., Mary Dunford of Natures Herb Farm will teach how to grow and harvest basil.  From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., children are welcomed to pot their own basil to take home.  The San Antonio Herb Society will have a Mediterranean cooking demonstration at 10:15 a.m.  From 10:45 a.m. – noon, local chefs will compete in the People’s Choice Pesto Challenge; funds raised will go to the San Antonio Food Bank.

Green Fields Market Store Events
Saturday, June 26, free
Green Fields Market
19239 Stone Oak Parkway (at Huebner)
Produce sampling will be from 11 – 3 p.m. and wine sampling will be from noon to 6 p.m.  Pizza making for kids ages 4 – 12 will be 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Real Ale 14th Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 26, noon – 5 p.m., free admission, $5 parking
Real Ale Brewing Company
231 San Saba Ct.
Blanco, TX
The anniversary ale will be released at this anniversary party, which features beer, barbecue and brewery tours.

Great Austin Beer Festival
Saturday, June 26, 4 – 8 p.m., $30 online, $40 at the door
Austin Music Hall
208 Nueces St.
Austin, TX
Explore beers from over 40 breweries near and far. Four-ounce samples are included in the admission price; food is available for purchase.

Frosting Creators of San Antonio “Day of Sharing”
Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $40 regular admission, $25 students with ID
Leon Valley Community Center
6427 Evers Road
Learn from sugar art techniques from demonstrators including Dena Bryngleson, Jacque Benson, Ximena Sempertegui, Linda McClure, and Earlene Moore.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  For more information at to register, see

Paleo Dinner
Sunday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., $75 plus tax and gratuity
Auden’s Kitchen
700 E. Sonterra Blvd., #1117
Chef Patricia Wenckus will prepare a multi-course dinner following the Paleo Diet.  The proceeds will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.  For reservations, call 210-494-0070.

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Real Ale, Real Fine Food Pairings


Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W., is showing diners that beer is a natural with food, and the rewards can be just as exciting as matching wine with food.

BeerDinner2The restaurant is now offering its first beer tasting menu, with Blanco’s finest, Real Ale Brewing Company, filling the starring role.

A plate with house-made smoked salmon and beef carpaccio are paired with the Fireman’s No. 4 Blonde Ale, followed by the Rio Blanco Pale Ale, a brew with a marked citrus flavor, which gives it enough zing to cut through the richness of chef Scot Cohen’s decadent macaroni and cheese with duck confit and dried cranberries.

It’s followed by littleneck clams steamed in white wine and the spicy, hoppy Full Moon Rye Pale Ale. Braised lamb in a fiery harissa sauce with white beans and roasted pumpkin is just right for fall weather and the dark, roasted flavors of the Brewhouse Brown Ale.

The meal closes out with banana crepes and the matching toffee notes of the Sisyphus Barleywine Ale, an 11-percent alcohol beer with plenty of hops to balance the sweetness.


Brad Farbstein of Real Ale

The restaurant launched the meal deal recently with a dinner that featured brewery president Brad Farbstein.

Except more beer menus in Brasserie Pavil’s future. “Brasserie,” after all, is French for “brewery,” so the two are a natural.

For more on Real Ale, click here. For more on Brasserie Pavil, click here.

The cost of the dinner is $45 a person and is available nightly through the end of the month. Call (210) 479-5000.



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