This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a beer dinner showcasing the wonderful brews from Wiseacre Brewing Company out of Memphis, TN. What a great turnout! It's exciting and inspiring to see people embrace the movement of craft beer in West Tennessee.
First Course: Bacon Mac & Cheese + Tiny Bomb Pilsner
At first glance, it may seem a light beer such as a Pilsner would fall into the shadows when put up against this creamy, savory dish. But not Tiny Bomb.
Named for it's low abv ("Tiny") but big flavor ("Bomb"), this American-style Pilsner is brewed with local wildflower honey which dries the beer out while adding a flavorful backbone to the malt profile. This crisp and clean beer has a zippy bitterness to cut thru the creamy sauce of the macaroni while the carbonation lifts the fat from the bacon, creating a nice but not too heavy start to the evening!
Second Course: Beer & Cheese Soup + Ananda IPA
Warm cheesy goodness served with a toasted crostini paired with Ananda IPA which showcases the tropical side of hops (Bravo, Centennial, Cascade) with notes of juicy mango, citrus and kiwi on the nose and palate. At 61 IBUs, the hops provide a cutting power thru the richness of the dish while the tropical essence tames a little bit of heat from cayenne pepper.
Third Course: Pear & Walnut Salad + Holy Candy Dubbel w/ figs
Holy Candy is a medium bodied beer with flavors of raisins and wheat berry bread. The vinaigrette was made with this beer, so it makes sense to pair the salad with it. The sweetness of the malts and the addition of figs complemented the sweetness of the strawberries, pears and red onions in the ruff-age. The tang of the vinaigrette added a nice element of contrast to the sweetness of the dish as well.
Fourth Course: Pork Osso Buco + Kung Fu Representative Imperial Brown
Tender caramelized pork falling off the bone on top of sautéed greens and grits, with shoestring fried onions on top of all that...paired with a rich malty brown ale. Let us have a moment of silence to ponder the awesomeness of this pairing.
And yes, I indulged in the marrow of this dish. If you did not, you're missing out.
P.S.-This beer is on tap NOW at Party Mart. Keg Only.
Welcome to my blog! I want to show the world a simple meal paired with craft beer can elevate their dining experience to unique levels. Cheers!