Plan B, a local restaurant that specializes in burgers, beer and bourbon, is celebrating their one year anniversary. And they're going hog wild! Literally! They are celebrating with bacon . . . it's Bacon Week! On special this week is “The Divine Swine” aka “Drop Dead Burger,” (100% ground bacon burger topped w/ thick sliced bacon, bacon aioli, bourbon bacon red onion jam, and a fried egg all sandwiched in between a grilled cheese) to Bacon Candy Bars, Bacon Cotton Candy, and Bacon infused Bourbon cocktails . . . and more.
I like bacon . . . who doesn't? So, a visit to Plan B to celebrate their anniversary was a must. I didn't try everything . . . that would be completely gluttonous and I might have fallen into a bacon induced coma. I did, however, sample a few baconny items. AND a few of their ever rotating taps . . . alas, no bacon beer.
I started out with a finger of Woodford Reserve bacon infused bourbon. The bourbon itself is nice, smooth and warming. The infusion definitely added a subtle baconness that wasn't the least bit detracting. It was a little smoky with a nice hint of bacon. All in all . . . quite good.
I ordered the Divine Swine burger for my meal with a side of green fries (flash fried green beans). Was this burger over the top? Completely! But I guess that's kind of the point. Every bite of this burger screams BACON! If you love bacon, as I do, this is something you'll want to try once in your life. It was good but would I order it again? Mmm . . . probably not . . . I think I gained five pounds just thinking about it!
The beer at Plan B is always good . . . they are constantly rotating their taps so there's always something new to try. This week's list was impressive and it was tough to choose what I wanted to try. I sampled thee different beers and I wasn't disappointed with any of them.
I started out with a Raging Bitch from Flying Dog. Basically, because I can pretty much relate to the name. Well, that and because it's an IPA. Raging Bitch is a strong Belgian style IPA (8.3% ABV). Amber in color with a loose, bubbly head that laces the glass with every sip. This is a very tasty beer with an expected amount of hoppy citrus, a surprising hint of caramel and a nice crisp finish. Despite the alcohol level I didn't taste any booziness . . . just a delicious beer that I would definitely go for again!
With that crazy bacon burger, I had a Coney Island Mermaid Pilser from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Wow! Very nice! This pilser is a light (5% ABV) and exceptionally drinkable beer. It tasted of malty caramel, fruit, a hint of hops and . . . rye. None of these elements overpowered another . . . it is a nice balanced beer that goes down easy and simply tastes great. Go for it!
At our server's suggestion we ordered a bottle of Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout. He said it was of the best stouts he has ever drank . . . who can argue with a recommendation like that? The beer was as
black and dark as beer gets. There were clear coffee, chocolate and malt flavors . . . as I expect from an imperial stout. This is a big beer . . . it is strong (9% ABV) and dark . . . but it is also fairly smooth tasting and very flavorful. You can taste the alcohol but it doesn't take away from the overall taste or experience of the beer. I would say this is a great beer for anyone who appreciates a good, strong stout.