The Sommeliers went ahead, one - nil, when a St. Meyland Brut and a Lefthand Polestar Pilsner were matched with a tuna tempura with ponzu sauce and avocado for the first course. But, the Cicerones came right back during the second course to even the match at one all, when the lamb carpaccio with parmesan tuiles, arugula microgreens, and lemon truffle oil was paired with Lost Abbey Avante Garde and a Babcock Identity Crisis Syrah.
Just moments before half-time, when the wait-staff brought out a jumbo lump crabcake with charred pineapple, grapefruit, and watercress, Wine striker Annabella Napa Valley Chardonnay put one into the back of the net over an outstretched finger tips of Beer goalie Asher Green Bullet IPA, for a two – one lead.
The gourmand in the house ate it up when, after a short break, an herb rubbed veal loin with house spaetzle, braised red cabbage, and a veal reduction sauce was presented with a Russian River Damnation and The Rhone Gang Hold Up #7. Much to the chagrin of the Brewmeisters, the tally now stood: Grapes – three, Hops – one.
That is how the match stayed until the closing seconds, when a pistachio praline semifreddo, warm truffle cake, and candied beet were paired with a Rogue Shakespeare Stout versus a Porto Pocas Special Reserve Tawny Port. Shakespeare did indeed say it best; “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! Is it not monstrous that this player here, but in a fiction, in a dream of passion, could force his soul so to his own conceit?” Vintners – four, Brewers – one. “Upon whose property and most dear life a damn’d defeat was made.”
(Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2)
If your taste runs more toward art and music, rather than sports and Shakespeare, be sure and stop by The Fork on Saturday, February 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. for an opening of Denver artist Jennifer Mosquera’s colorful and whimsical paintings. Mosquera will be on hand to meet and greet art lovers, and discuss her paintings, which will be on display through the end of March. Later that evening, at 8 p.m., Lyons’ own Terry Kishiyama and friends will be providing musicalentertainment for patrons.
Also new at Lyons Fork, Saturday and Sunday Breakfast/Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy an amazing menu along with house made Bloody Marys and fresh squeezed orange juice Mimosas. On Monday nights, it’s a tip of the hat to the young families of Lyons. Monday dinners will feature larger portion entrees that feed a family of four for just $30.
For more information about Lyons Fork visit www.lyonsfork.com.