Dock Street & Four Seasons Philly Release “A Beer Four All Seasons”
Truffled Old Ale is first in a series of four collaborative beers
Dock Street Brewing Co. and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia are proud to unveil the first in their new “A Beer Four All Seasons” collaboration series. The Truffled Old Ale debuts on January 30th, 2012 and is the first of four seasonal beers to be jointly brewed. The beers will be produced in limited quantity and available exclusively in the Swann Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.
“We are excited to collaborate with our friends at Dock Street Brewing Co. and launch ‘A Beer Four All Seasons’,” said Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia General Manager Harry Gorstayn. “The city of Philadelphia has always been a strong beer city, and we are proud to develop this series of special beers for our guests to enjoy, the first being The Truffled Old Ale.”
The Truffled Old Ale was brewed by Dock Street Brewers and then transported to Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia to cellar in Chardonnay barrels. It was hand bottled straight from the barrels and spent an additional four weeks bottle conditioning. During that time, the beer mingled with winter truffles selected by the chefs in the kitchen at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. The Old Ale is a traditional English Beer – well rounded, predominantly malty with just enough bitterness to balance.
Rosemarie Certo, owner of Dock Street Brewery comments that as the Craft Beer and Buy Local Movements continue to gain momentum, this collaboration of two Philadelphia old neighbors and friends couldn’t be more appropriate. “Dock Street’s first home was at 2 Logan Square, right next to the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. There we shared customers and our rich Philadelphia history. When Dock Street and Four Seasons sommelier and chefs met I was excited by their high level of knowledge and enthusiasm for beer. That first encounter was filled with lively conversation and ideas. What started with making a beer with chocolate truffles turned into making an old ale with winter truffles.”
The Truffled Old Ale is available for sale beginning Monday, January 30th at a special event in the Swann Lounge from 6 – 8 pm. Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez is featuring two new dishes on the Swann Lounge Bar menu to pair with the beer: a truffle burger with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and sottocenere truffle cheese; and truffle French fries with truffle salt and truffle aioli.
On its debut night at the Swann Lounge the Truffled Old Ale sells for $16 for 750ml bottle and $8.00 for a glass. After January 30th, available by the bottle only for $19.85.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia and Dock Street Brewing Co. are planning three more collaboration beers in 2012: a spring beer to be launched in April, a summer beer for June and a fall beer for late September/early October. At least one of the beers will utilize fruits and herbs from the rooftop garden at the hotel.
About Dock Street Brewing Co.
Founded in 1985, Dock Street Brewing Co. was the first microbrewery in Philadelphia and one of the first in the country. Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant’s first location was at 18th & Cherry Streets next to Four Seasons Philadelphia. Today, Dock Street is an intimate, artisanal brewery that finds its home in a magnificent old firehouse on the corner of 50th and Baltimore Ave, in a progressive, eclectic and counter-culture neighborhood that reflects Dock Street’s philosophy. Dock Street has a rich brewing history, a reputation for exceptional quality and innovation. With owner Rosemarie Certo leading the way and Head Brewer Scott Morrison manning the kettles, Dock Street continues to experiment and to brew distinctive beers.
About Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 86 properties in 35 countries and more than 40 projects under development. Open since 1983, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. Recent awards and honors include the AAA Five Diamond Award (for the 26th consecutive year) and a four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide for the hotel. In 2012, the Fountain Restaurant once again received the distinguished honor of being named a Five Star restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide. Information on the company and on Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia can be accessed through the Four Seasons Web site at www.fourseasons.com.