One of the best things about these dinners is the price. They range from the $25-$35 (includes small bites, beer samples and parking)! This particular dinner featured a 6 course small bite menu. Each menu item was paired with a rare/hard-to-find beer by Larry James, specialty beer manager for Wine Warehouse.
These dinners last 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but if you want to make a full evening of it then you should get there early and check out the regional beers on tap at Brewsters (the hotel bar) or at the pool side bar (weather permitting).
Or ... if you want to make it a date, this is a hotel. Order the beer turn down service and when you retire to your room after the dinner you'll find a special nightcap beer chilled and waiting for you.
Mushroom Soup and Baltic Porter
While everything was delicious, this was my favorite pairing of the night.
My favorite beers of the night!
Belgian pomme frittes w/garlic aioli paired with Petrus Aged Pale Ale
Euro salade with bleu cheese crumbles, tangerine & pan roasted walnut paired with Weihenstephaner Vitus
Wild mushroom soup w/gratinated toast paired with Uinta Sea Legs Baltic porter
Mini burrito de carnitas w/salsa fresca & sour cream paired with Anderson Valley Heelch O’Hops Double IPA
Marinated skewered shrimp w/coconut cilantro sauce & sriacha paired with Kappital ABT 10 trippel
Chocolate rum raison cake w/whipped cream cheese paired with Samiclaus Dark (14%)
The good news is, a new menu is being developed for Brewster's bar and it is delicious! The beer advisory board was lucky enough to get a tasting of these new menu items. Keep checking the Brewsters topas menu for updates!
None of the menu items are officially paired with beer yet, but when the menu is released it will contain pairing suggestions.