It was not the usual roar of the crowd and crack of the bat coming from Safeco Field last Saturday. Rather, it was the roar of the crowd every time a tasting cup shattered on the ground and the crackle of cooking bacon, as the Bacon and Beer Classic staged its annual takeover of Safeco Field.
Here were some of our favorites from the bacon and beer starting lineups:
Pork Belly Bites from Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, multiple locations: The artful portions of glazed pork belly over rice (think pork belly sushi!) topped with spicy mayonnaise were a huge hit. The line for this bite was consistently long throughout the day, but everyone seemed to agree it was well worth the wait. This was our favorite taste of the day!
Ginger Rye Ale from Aslan Brewing Co., Bellingham: This spicy golden-amber concoction is based on an American Pale Ale style, but with a twist of citrusy lime and spicy ginger. This sip was crisp and refreshing and a great complement to Kizuki’s pork belly squares. You probably have to love ginger to really get into this beer, but if you do, give it a try.
Loaded Mac-n-Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork from Warthog Barbeque Pit, Fife and Parkland: Pulled pork snuck into the Bacon and Beer Classic, and while you should not try sneaking in, it works for the pork! Creamy (but not too rich) macaroni and cheese with saucy smoky meat on top is a tasty treat.
Holy Water IPA from Sumerian Brewing, Woodinville: Sumerian’s session IPA serves up a generous helping of hops, including Cascade, Summit, and Citra. The citrusy taste was a crisp, light, and refreshing complement to some of the rich and smoky bacon bites. This was the first beer we tasted, and it was one of the best!
Maple Bacon Apple Pie from Pie Lab, Kent: My drinking buddy for the day termed this, “The tastiest [freakin’] thing ever,” and she was absolutely right. The handheld delights featured a delicately sweet apple and subtle maple filling enveloped in a delicious pastry crust and topped with bacon crumbles that add just a hint of smokiness. Pie Lab also offered a jalapeno popper pie that I would have loved to sample, but sweet overruled savory this time!
Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Belching Beaver, California: I tried this one last year at Beer Camp and jumped at the chance to have it again! It smells like a peanut butter cup, and one sip delivers peanut butter flavor and a creamy mouthfeel without overwhelming sweetness. I can only imagine how amazing this beer would be in a stout float!
There ya have it. If any of you were out at this event, let us know some your favorite bites and sips at the Bacon and Beer Classic!