French Beer Dinner Recap

Joe Sixpack was at last night’s French beer dinner at Chick’s Cafe & Wine Bar and has a report.

Shelton is well known in beer geek circles as a rebel (or worse) because he can’t keep his opinions to himself. Last night he offered:

  • There are only 5 or 6 “good breweries” in Belgium. Most of its beer, he said pointing to Delirium Tremens as the prime example, is too sugary.
  • There are only three world-class breweries in America: Russian River, Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and Jolly Pumpkin.
  • He said lots of nice things about Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewing, but when asked if he considered Dogfish Head a great brewery, he grumbled about its high-alcohol ales.

Update: Brew Lounge has a recap as well.
Unmitigated Gaul [Joe Sixpack]
Bière de Garde tasting at Chick’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA [Brew Lounge]
Chick’s Cafe [MySpace]