beer pairing dinners

i love a beer pairing dinner!
(okay, i pretty much always love it when someone else cooks and there's beer!)

i went to cork & fin's beer pairing dinner last wednesday night
featuring six courses of delicious food
and six wonderful brews (including a cask) from moon under water

i got to tap the cask!
my first-ever cask tapping!  and i didn't even fuck it up!
course one:

Caviar, Micro Greens, Saffron Oil
‘Pots Pils Unfiltered’ Pilsner

course two:

European Style Sausage, House Mustard, Pickles, Rye Bread
‘Tranquility’ India Pale Ale

course three:

Pork Belly, Crackling, Sauce Mornay
‘The Victorious’ Weizenbock


course four:

Local Oysters, Frites, Stout Tartar Sauce
C & F – Moon Oyster Stout

course five:

Oxtail, Braised Vegetables, Puff Pastry
Single Moon Batch Red Wheat Wine Ale ‘Year 1’

course six:

Dunkel Sabayon
‘Creepy Uncle’ Dunkel

it was a truly delightful night
good company, delicious food, brilliant beers and nice pairings
totally worth the $59

i also went to a long table dinner at the pumphouse in richmond last saturday night
the pumphouse is launching a new locally sourced, fresh and sustainable menu
so they invited a few lucky people out to give feedback on the new foods, and paired them all with beer!
lucky, lucky me to be one of those fortunate souls!
it was delicious!
the only problem?  too much food and beer.  i barely made it to the end of all five courses and it took me an extra hour or two to finish all the beer.  oh, and i put on two pounds... first world problems!

look how excited i am
and the beer hasn't even been poured yet:

course one:
northcoast scrimshaw pilsner
winter salad and chicken strips
(salmon salad and salmon strip for me!)

course two:
steamworks oatmeal stout
meat pie and bbq pork sandwich
(veggie pie and thai sub for me!)

course three:
odin brewing sigrun ipa
mini burger and poutine
(fish burger and veggie poutine for me!)

course four:
elysian brewing super fuzz orange pale ale
flat bread and chopped chicken salad
(i skipped this food course - tooooo full! but there's always room for beer)

course five:
driftwood fat tug ipa
deep fried lime tempura prawns and butter chicken
(prawn and butter prawns for me!)\

and here's the full long table menu for anyone who wants to check out what some of the new offerings at the pumphouse are likely to be:


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