Jean Bonnet Tavern, Pennsylvania

Caroline: After the wedding, Kris and I took a mini honeymoon to Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania. While there, it was recommended we try out the Jean Bonnet Tavern. Boy am I glad we did!

It was only about a ten minute drive from where we were staying.

Kris: Pennsylvania is a truly beautiful place. I am so happy I was able to experience it during summer. Jean Bonnet was a great find too. It was out in the middle of farmland, just outside of the quaint old town of Bedford. Such a great selection of local craft beers, historic buildings and of course some fantastic American food to match with beer.

Caroline: Tons of great beers on tap and lots of local ones, including my favorite of the trip the Troegs Hopback Amber Ale.

Here’s a tidbit about it from their website:

“HopBack Amber Ale derives its name from a vessel in the brewhouse called a hopback. As the ‘wort’ is being transferred from the brewhouse to fermentation it passes through the hopback vessel. Packed full of fresh whole flower hops, the wort slowly circulates through this vessel extracting the essence of the aromatic hops. This vessel adds more time and more hop character that creates a fresh, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines this signature ale.”

It has the backbone and richness of an Amber ale and all the hoppiness of and IPA that I LOVE

Caroline: Of course, one needs beer snacks to go with beer. Seeing as we were on the buffalo wing tour of the east coast, we had to give Jean Bonnet’s wings a go.

Thank goodness we did! This may be the best (definitely top 3) hot wings I’ve ever had, and I have eaten ALOT of hot wings in my day. They had perfect amount of spice and sauce, the skin was crispy and the meat inside was tender enough to fall right off the bone.

If you are ever in PA seriously go to Jean Bonnet and get these hot wings.

Kris: Definitely some of the best Buffalo Wings I have eaten! The Troegs Hop Back Amber Amber Ale was also a great match to the wings.

Kris: I spotted some Bacon wrapped scallops with BBQ sauce on the menu and had to give them a try. I thought they would be a great match with 1 of the many local beers on tap at Jean Bonnet Tavern. They scallops were perfectly cooked and the sauce was really sweet and smoky, which worked well with the bacon and the scallops. We matched it with Founders Red Rye Pale Ale. The sweet, nutty malt and citrus hop character complimented the scallop dish perfectly.

Caroline: We were slowing down, but thankfully the previous three weeks of training and stretching out our stomachs helped us soldier onto the main course: The French Dip.

wow

soft roll toasted on the inside, melty provolone, shredded beef, and the dipping sauce- OH THE DIPPING SAUCE

juicy and delicious.

Kris: Victory Summer Lovin’ Summer Ale was a lighter style beer to cut through the beef, cheese and jus. One of the tastiest sandwiches I have ever eaten!

Caroline: As you can tell we really suffered through it.

And what a view!

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Heavy Seas Alehouse

Caroline: Before we left Baltimore, we went to Heavy Seas Alehouse for lunch with my dad. It’s in an awesome old industrial building that dates back to the civil war! They use seasonal food most of which is made with beer in some way. We felt right at home…

AAARRRGGHHH!!!!!!!!!

Caroline: We got 2 tasting paddles to share between the 3 of us so we could taste as much as possible.

We had the Heavy seas classic lager, classic pale, golden ale, Märzen, their Peg Leg imperial stout, the Loose Cannon  American Hop3 IPA and a Belgian Tripel that was a recipe from a home brewer who had won a competition.

Kris: My 2 favourites were the Loose Cannon IPA and the Peg Leg Imperial Stout.

Caroline: DITTO. how boring of me, but those were my favorites as well. The stout had coffee and syrupy-ness and enough hops to balance it out. Yum.

Caroline: To start we had fresh oysters with a mignonette and cocktail sauce. They used their Heave Seas Lager in the Mignonette instead of the traditional cider vinegar. Delicious.

Kris: The Heavy seas lager was a great match with the oysters. They would also go really well with the Peg Leg stout. The oysters were super fresh and the mignonette made with beer was an interesting twist.

Kris: The Loose Cannon IPA battered onion rings with whole grain Dijon & old bay/saffron mayo were cooked perfectly and a great snack to enjoy with the tasting paddle.

Caroline: They marinated the onions in beer before they fried them. This made the onions nice and tender and prevented that annoying bite where the whole onion comes out of the batter when you eat it!

Caroline: The angus Beef burger was on a ‘spent grain’ roll, meaning they used grain from the beer mash to make the bread. How genius is that?? They also caramelized the onions in the Peg Leg Stout which gave them a more complex sweetness, it really added an extra something. We matched the burger with the Heavy Seas Marzen.

Kris: The Shrimp Salad Sandwich with thick cut smoked bacon and a side of organic greens was super tasty too. A great match for the sandwich was the Heavy Seas Golden Ale.

Caroline: To finish off the meal we got some complimentary spent grain choc chip cookies. Perfectly bite size.

Kris: Overall we had a great experience at Heavy Seas Ale House. Great Beer, Great Food and Great Service. If your still thirsty, I recommend checking out Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point which is a short walk from Heavy Seas. It has over 100 beers on tap and 350 by the bottle. Definitely one of my favourite Beer Bars in America!

Caroline:  Overall, lunch was extrARGHdinary!

 

 

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