Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bess Bistro Hosts Meet & Drink with Brewmaster Bert Van Hecke on April 1

Bess Bistro Hosts Meet & Drink with
Brewmaster Bert Van Hecke:
Guests to Enjoy Pints of Belgian Beer and Seasonal Fare by
Chef de Cuisine Roman Murphy

Bess Bistro, the cozy, underground neighborhood spot on West Sixth Street, will be hosting a unique Meet & Drink with Belgian Brewmaster Bert Van Hecke, founder of Belgian Original Malt (BOM) Bakery and Brewery. The event will feature specialty Belgian beers and a brew-centric four-course menu by Bess Bistro’s Chef de Cuisine Roman Murphy. Guests will imbibe in two pints of beer and nosh on French-Cajun fare, while learning about Van Hecke and his brewing techniques. Bess Bistro will host this special event ($29 per person) on their outdoor Terrace on April 1 at 6:30 pm.

The tasting event will highlight two specialty BOM brews: Triporteur from Heaven, a heavily hopped ale brewed using home-baked malt and Triporteur from Hell, an unfiltered dark beer brewed with hellish burned and roasted BOM malt with notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee and freshly baked bread. Guests will receive one pint of each beer to enjoy, compare, and contrast the flavors of both. Chef Roman Murphy will prepare a sumptuous four-course meal which includes a Beef Tartar Amuse Bouche; followed by Rock Shrimp Mini Po’Boys with remoulade, pickles, and slaw on a sweet roll; and an entrĂ©e of Beer Braised Wild Boar Ribs with herb polenta and caramelized onions and mushrooms. Guests will be treated to a decadent dessert of Triporteur Hell Chocolate Stout cake with Triporteur Heaven Caramel and topped with pistachio ice cream.

BOM brewery uses traditional malting methods to create their own beer recipes. They bake the malt at low or high temperatures to make the malt smooth and light or darker and more intense. According to the BOM website, Van Hecke started as a home brewer and learned the tricks of the trade in the breweries of Orbal and Rodenbach. He creates individual recipes for each beer, and goes through the whole brewing process himself, from A to Z.

Seating for this one-of-a-kind beer tasting and pairing on Bess Bistro’s Terrace is limited and guests are asked to reserve their seat by calling 512.477.2377.

Located at 500 W 6th St., Bess Bistro is one of Austin’s most inviting spaces in the heart of West Sixth Street. For more information and hours, call 512.477.2377 or go to

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