Sunday, November 21, 2010

deschutes beer pairing dinner

wednesday, november 17, 2010
rogue kitchen and wetbar
deschutes brewery dinner
beer pairings created by chef cory chapman

pre-drink:  hop trip seasonal
fresh hopped pale ale (part of their bond street series, an ode to the hop harvest)
lovely, enjoy the fresh hops, but its not nearly hoppy enough to drink after warming up with an inversion ipa!


course one:  mirror pond
ale cured arctic char gravlax with dungeness crab fritter, fingerling potato chips, bitter greens, horseradish cream

mirror pond features cascade hops, by the whole flower
and pairs wonderfully with fish
(factoid:  the mirror pond began as a seasonal)


course two:  jubilale
carmelized onion soup with rich porcini broth, roasted mushrooms, gruyere crouton

i don't like the mushroom, so i just had the crostini, which was delicious
the jubilale was a malty change from all the hoppy beers prior
still quite a few hops in there, and yay, no vanilla
no cheap gimmicks in this winter ale
love the chicory!
now this is what a winter ale should be!
(factoid:  the artwork for the seasonal jubilale changes every year
this is the first beer that deschutes bottled)


course three:  inversion ipa
ancho braised beer short ribs with rainbow chard, baby turnip, crispy gnocchi, braising jus
(or for the pescetarian, lobster gnocchi with baby turnip)

the inversion is ambrosia if you ask me
so incredibly hoppy without smacking you with too much bitterness
paired quite nicely with the lobster gnocchi
which was quite delicious until it got kinda salty by the end of the bowl
(factoid:  the inversion is the fastest growing beer at deschutes)



course four:  black butte porter
porter infused chocolate cake with mocha custard and whipped cream

porter, so rich, so thick, so malty
perfect with chocolate cake
and that mocha custard was to die for
that i would cross the sahara for!
(factoid:  the black butte is the #1 porter in the US)


the food was incredible
so delicious!
and perfectly paired with the beers
and all for a mere $35
which included a black butte porter glass and leather coaster to take home
divine!!

this dinner made me want to go back to rogue every time they have one of these tasting dinners
great food, great beer, great bargain
wonderful company
and a lovely parting gift!

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