The Anchor’s seventh annual Strong Ale Fest, a celebration of beers with an alcohol content 8 percent or higher, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 1109 E. Douglas. (Tickets, $40 a person, are available at the door.) This is one of the beers that will be featured at the festival.
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Recommended by: Schane Gross, owner of The Anchor, Fork & Fennel
Price: $10 for a four-pack
Tastes like: “Strong, robust bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Plenty of malt sweetness with hops in the aroma and taste.”
Pairs well with: “Blue cheese and semi-dried, sticky fruits like dates and figs. When entertaining, open a couple of bottles of Bigfoot for more than a few guests, pour a few ounces in snifters and serve alongside bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese.”
Comments: “At 9.6 percent ABV and 90 IBUs, this strong ale cures my hankering for a boozy, sweet and hoppy tasting ale that goes with a well put together dinner at home. I like the balanced malt sweetness and hoppiness. As I always say – drink better and drink less when hitting the strong ale spectrum.”