Introduced in 2011, The Order of The Red Banner Dinner celebrates the beloved Marshal Zukhov Imperial Stout by organizing a five-course beer dinner paired with nothing but Imperial Stouts.
This dinner features beers that are often not sold outside of the brewery, and even then only to members of the exclusive El Catador Barrel-Aged Beer Club in Tampa, Florida. So, if you are not a member, this is your only chance to try many of these special release barrel-aged brews!
On Thursday, Sept. 21st at 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by Chef Scott Plumley at The Craft Bar-Destin to pair with 5 big & bold imperial stouts crafted by Cigar City.
Each guest will also go home with a bottle of this year's Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout! Brewery representatives and specials guests will also join to chat with us about beer and teach us a thing or two about stout pairings.
"Marshal Zhukov's, the heart and soul of Cigar City Brewing's imperial stout lineup, is a midnight-black monolith boasting aromas of espresso beans and raisins with a palate full of bitter chocolate, herbal bitterness and dry toffee," according to a press release. "Fudge-like without being cloying, roasty without being acrid and built to develop further complexity over time when properly cellared, Zhukov's holds a very special place with our brewers and with craft beer fans all over the world."
In addition to 2017 Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, Cigar City is sharing four additional new and rare Imperial Stouts to this Red Banner Dinner lineup.
2017 Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, 11.2% ABV (released on 8/1/17).
2016 Bourbon Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, 14.1% ABV (released exclusively to El Catador Club).
2017 Bourbon Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov's Penultimate Push Imperial Stout, 13% ABV (Marshal Zhukov's with coffee and vanilla, released on 3/1/17 exclusively to El Catador Club).
2017 Double Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, 12% ABV (Marshal Zhukov's aged in rum and bourbon barrels, previously unreleased).
2017 Cognac Barrel-aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout, 12% ABV (previously unreleased).
Cost to attend the event is $100 per guest, which includes everything on the menu (below), a 22 oz. bottle of Marshal Zhukov's to take home, and a snifter glass. This does not include tax or gratuity.
To make reservations, call 850-460-7907. The event is limited to 40 guests.