Kloby's has been having special events where they bring in an oyster shucker and serve beer from an uncarbonated cask. Flying Dog packed a cask of Raging Bitch India Pale Ale. That was my favorite beer of last summer, and it's a cool variation out of a firkin.
|Our Oyster Master|
The beer pours without carbonation. Still the fresh flavor and a bitter end. But smoother than the bottled version. The Baltimore Beer Guy mentioned a "sweet tea" vibe to firkin Raging Bitch. I'll say it was delicious with the half-shelled oysters, which were mild and light. Mrs. HowChow snacked on macaroni and cheese. She added a pinch of salt, but then she does that for most of the food that I cook.
Kyle was at firkin night as well, and he said that fried oysters were even better. We both liked the homemade cocktail sauce -- enough horseradish for a good bite.
These firkins are a craft beer happening. Frisco Tap Room in Columbia introduced the idea to me, but I had some mistaken idea that the firkin involved filtering the beer through extra hops. Instead, it's just a small key perched on the bar. Slightly warmer than the regular taps and pouring fresh beer as long as it lasts. If you want to hear about these events, keep an ear on Chef Kloby's Twitter feed.
Watch Kloby's for Super Bowl news. Kloby's plans a pig roast tailgate. Something like $25 will buy you a seat for the game, and Kloby's will offer up a buffet and a portable pig roast out in the parking lot.
And they're aiming to open their expanded space around St. Patrick's Day.