This Fall, World Of Beer is featuring a special selection of incredible seasonal temptations. From their Brat Burgers, Pumpkin Spiced Apple Donuts, and PB & J Wings, to their limited-release beers: the Stone Mixtape Vol.14-The Gatekeeper and Dogfish Head Fall On Me; Fall has never tasted better!
World of Beer serves 50 craft beers on tap and over 500 from the cooler to pair with “tasty tavern fare.” And they don’t stop there… They also provide a snazzy selection of craft cocktails such as the Pineapple Ginger Punch, Strawberry Caiprioska, and Rye Old Fashioned. On Sunday’s they offer my personal favorite, the Signature Bloody Mary:”A savory blend of Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix topped with signature sausages, spicy pickled green beans, gourmet peppers & a lime. Served with an IPA beer shot!” If you haven’t been, it is the perfect place to hang out for great atmosphere, good food, and top-notch drinks.
Therefore, when my new-founded sweet friend Erin Pesut, Editor of City View NC Magazine invited me to join her for a tasting of the “Fall Plates & Pints” menu at World of Beer in Fayetteville, I was more than eager to accept. Delectable, comforting flavors of Fall paired with World of Beers premiered craft beers? Yes, Yes, and YES!!!!!
When I greeted Erin at the table she exclaims, “I hope you are hungry. It sounds like it will be lots of food.” I was so excited. I hit the food and beer jackpot!
Faith Reid, a very friendly, informative waitress served us our first dish, the Green Chili Chicken Nachos: “Corn tortilla chips smothered in green chili chicken, spicy cheese, tomatoes, green onion, jalapeño peppers, and chopped cilantro.” She paired it with a Stone IPA. The chicken was tender and nicely seasoned. The cheese sauce was creamy, slightly spicy and flavorful. Toppings were fresh. It was a large appetizer perfect for sharing.
Next we tried the Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings. You did read that right. I wrote Peanut Butter and Jelly. These are wings that make you go yum… They were sticky and messy hence they were served with a wet napkin for clean-up, but I have found the messier the food, the more tasty. These were no exception.
When you take that bite, you are going to have that sticky Blackberry Balsamic Jelly all over your face, fingers, and most importantly, your mouth. While they might not be the best “date” food, these wings make the perfect friend food. You will bond over the crispy texture, and the sweet and salty flavors of the jelly and peanut butter. After you finish, your partner-in-crime can point where you missed that spot of jelly on the corner of your face. Only a true friend wouldn’t allow you to leave with a spotted jelly face. See, perfect friend food!
The PB & J Wings were paired with the Stone Mixtape Vol. 14- The Gatekeeper. This beer is a “limited release blend of Stone’s 2015 and 2016 Russian Imperial Stouts and Stone IPA with figs, plum, and Hallertau Blanc Hops.” It was a dark beer with a bitter taste with hints of hops and fruit.
Next Faith served us the Prosciutto & Spiced Apple Flatbread topped with Prosciutto, green onions, spiced apple, and chopped hazelnuts over a layer of creamy goat cheese.
This flatbread screams Fall with the apple and hazelnut combination. The creamy goat cheese complimented the salty Prosciutto.
It was paired with the Dogfish Head Fall On Me. This limited-release beer is a “Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with red delicious apple cider from Fifer Orchards and spiced with cinnamon, orange peel, star anise and cloves.” I immediately could taste the star anise and cloves. It had a crisp, citrusy, earthy flavor to it.
Next up was my personal favorite, the Wobtoberfest Brat Burger. This GIGANTIC burger is made with fresh ground beef then topped with their signature beer brat, stone ground mustard, beer cheese, sauerkraut, and caramelized onions on a toasted bun. It is served with a big heaping of crispy tator tots and a dill pickle.
This burger was ridiculous… in a very good way. The burger was moist and cooked to temperature. The oozing, creamy beer cheese sauce was amazing and the Brat was OFF THE CHAIN! Look, most of my family lives in Wisconsin and they know how to cook a good brat. Therefore, I am very picky about my brats. This is a brat that would make them proud. You can taste the beer in the brat, however it was not overpowered. The integrity of the brat flavors still came through. My Wisconsin peeps would LOVE this burger. The fact that they threw in tator tots was an added bonus. Man, I love me some tator tots. The burger was paired with the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This beer had lots of Hop and a nice citrus flavor.
I know what you are wondering… How in the world did you save room for dessert? It was hard. Real hard. But when there is a will, there is a way. And I certainly had will to try these Pumpkin Spice Apple Donuts. Wouldn’t you? These German fried apple donuts are dusted with pumpkin spice sugar and served with a pretzel salted caramel dipping sauce.
The batter reminded me of the funnel cakes in the fair. The apples were cooked tender. Add in that salted caramel sauce…. and wow! They were wicked good! Faith served them with a side of Cider. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous meal. Erin and I were feeling pretty fantastic but the time that meal was over. We had such a good time.
Cheers to World of Beer! You really out did yourself.
We would like to give a special thanks to the management and staff of World of Beer of Fayetteville who put on this Fall Plates and Pints tasting for Erin and I. In particular, we would like to thank Faith Raid for her exceptional, attentive service and collaboration to making this experience so special.
Be sure to check out World of Beer and try their Fall Plates while you can. They won’t last long, so hurry! You are going to love them! Tell them I sent you. xoxo
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