A big group came out for our first ever beer pairing dinner on Father’s Day. Thanks to The Gastro Gnomes we got to enjoy some incredible dishes paired with some great Blue Stallion beers.
Everyone that attended got a tour of the brewery while munching on some delicious hors d’oeurves before sitting down. The first course was a Summer greens salad paired with our Blue Stallion German Pilsner. The grassy bitterness of the noble hopes went very well with the arugula, dandelion greens and grilled asparagus.
The next course was pan seared Florida grouper with fingerling potato, sourdough puree and orange caper gremolata paired with the Blue Stallion Hefeweizen. The sour and yeast notes of the sourdough puree complimented the yeast and banana flavors in the Hefeweizen.
The third and main course was a Dunkel braised beef short rib with bone marrow risotto, Brussels sprouts and caramelized onions. The beef short ribs for this dish came from a local farmer and cow that was finished on spent grain from Blue Stallion brewing operations. The entree was paired with the Blue Stallion Munich Dunkel. Braising the ribs in Dunkel was great for matching the malt flavors in the dish with the beer.
The fourth course was a a Cherry Coke bread pudding with tart cherry and vanilla bean crème fraiche paired with a Blue Stallion test batch Schwarzbier infused with tart cherries and chocolate. The roasted finish of the Schwarzbier coupled very well with the sweet cherry flavor of the bread pudding.
Overall the night was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. We plan to hold some more beer pairing dinners in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information.