A few weeks ago, I was invited to try out this newly themed night. One look at the menu and I knew I couldn't pass up this opportunity. Since the invite included a guest, I called up a friend to share the experience with. It was a good thing I did, and I suggest you do the same thing as there is just too much for one person to try.
If this review encourages you to go to the Sidecar Restaurant and try their bacon and beer pairing offerings, please let them know you read about them here.
To view the appetizer and entree beer pairings click HERE.
Beer and Bacon Dessert
Pairing the cheesecake with the same beer that is used as an ingredient, is a great place to start as it will help you pull out the beer's flavor in the cheesecake. The cheesecake's sweetness also counteracts some of the pronounced roastiness in the beer smoothing off some of its rostier edges.
However, if you have any of the Ouroboros' Purple Iris leftover from the entree then try that, as well. This pairing is more about contrasting flavors than the brown ale pairing as it sets the citrus/resiny hop flavor up against the sweet cheesecake. The two meet up somewhere in the middle and the cheesecake moderates the aggressive hop flavor and bitterness while the hop flavor and bitterness prevents the cheesecake from becoming too sweet.
Chef Tim Kilcoyne
You can read more about Tim in the Sidecar Restaurant's website, but all you really need to know is this guy knows how to cook bacon!-)
Bacon and Beer Pairing Menu
Disclaimer: This was a delicious comped meal, but I wouldn't be writing this glowing recap if it hadn't been.