Tag: Brooklyn Brewery dinner at The Jakewalk

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Grayson (washed cow’s milk cheese) paired with the Wild 1 2009 (Local 1 aged for 9 months in Woodford Reserve barrels, then refermented with wild yeasts)

Beautiful funk. Sigh. The Grayson is lovely in its dank stinky creaminess. Add this beer and it is a fruity, slightly boozy, funky mouth party. The perfect end to an amazing meal.

The deets: Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver narrated the event & he did an amazing job, as usual. He is one of the best speakers in the craft beer biz & tonight was no exception. His passion & knowledge were the perfect compliment to an amazing culinary experience. The beer & food were delightful. And at $45 per person, quite a value. If The Jakewalk does more beer dinners, make your reservations – you will not regret!

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Roasted Beef Sirloin, winter vegetable mash, brussels sprouts, bordelaise paired with the Cuvée Elijah (Cuvée Noire aged for 4 months in Elijah Craig 12 yr barrels)

Ah, comfort food. I mean that in the best way possible. The earthiness of the brussel sprouts, the sweetness of the mash & the salty-sweet richness of the sirloin with bordelaise equals the home-cooked meals of my Midwestern youth done right (sorry, Mom). This beer is the vanilla-coconut-boozy background to a perfect rainy winter night dish.

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Broccoli Rabe and Goat Cheese Ravioli, parsnip sauce, toasted pumpkin seeds paired with the Sorachi Ace

I’ll readily admit that it has taken me a couple of years to warm up to Sorachi Ace hops. I found them a bit too harsh in their lemony woodiness. They reminded me of Lemon Pledge, to be honest. But warm up to them I have and Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace is a wonderful showcase to this unique hop. And it is now available year-round.

The pairing – the beer is a bright contrast to the rather delicate nature of the ravioli. There is bitterness from the broccoli rabe & the parsnip sauce is creamy but not overwhelmingly rich and the pumpkin seeds are contrasting in their nutty earthiness. The Sorachi Ace is the lemon spritz to this dish. Yum.

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Kabocha Squash Soup, maple creme fraiche, chicken liver crostini paired with the Brooklyn Local 1, Original Assay, 2006.

This is one delightfully rich dish – the nutty, earthiness of the soup and the fatty decadence of the chicken liver crostini. This beer is a nice pairing – the fruit & leather flavors compliment and the high carbonation cuts through the fat. Scrumptious!

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20120123-180802.jpgWe’re starting off with the Radius, a beer that is available only on draft only in Brooklyn. This 4.8% farmhouse ale is delightfully drinkable. Don’t let the low ABV fool you – this is a complex ale with notes of lemon, white pepper, and fresh pear. Lovely!

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