Desserts made with beer, new food books, German beer tasting, Philly Beer Week.
There's way too much going on this week, with Philly Beer Week in full swing. Some of the more than 100 events are pricey, and some are already sold out, but there are still plenty that are free (or at least pay-as-much-as-you-drink) and fun. There's a searchable calendar at phillybeerweek.org to help you navigate the 10 days of malty, yeasty excitement.
We're especially interested in XIX's special menu of desserts made with beer. Many people turn up their nose at the idea of pairing beer with sweets, but depending on the beer, the combination can be spectacular. Just try Young's Double Chocolate Stout with chocolate cake, for example. Pastry chef Dan Pino has taken it one step further by actually using beer in the desserts, including: coffee mascarpone cream with Brooklyn Brown braised pineapple; a milk chocolate mousse with Red Hook Ale sorbet; and macerated raspberries with Sly Fox's O'Reilly Stout foam, sesame powder and shaved dark chocolate. The desserts are $9 each. You can sample them during Philly Beer Week from March 7 through 16. >> XIX, Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, 19th fl., Broad and Walnut sts. 215.790.1919
Ludwig's is no more. Where can you go for German beer? To the German Society of Pennsylvania's German beer tasting on Sat., March 8, of course. Drinks expert and author Marnie Old will lead a tasting of 10 beers, pitting traditional German pilsners, weizens and dunkels against Pennsylvania craft brewers' updated versions. The Philly Roller Girls will serve as barmaids for the event. >> Sat., March 8, 2:30pm. $25-$35. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. 215.627.2332. www.germansociety.org
Super foodie geeks (and their subset, obsessive cooking nerds) might find this event irresistible: Judith Jones (the cookbook editor who worked with Julia Child, Marcella Hazan and James Beard) and Alex Prud'homme (great-nephew of Julia Child) will both speak at the Free Library Thurs., March 6. Jones, a cookbook editor since 1957, has written her own book The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, which tells of her experiences with Julia and other food world luminaries. And Prud'homme is plugging My Life in France, which he wrote with his great-aunt Julia before she went to the big kitchen in the sky. >> Thurs., March 6, 8pm. $14. Free Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. www.freelibrary.org