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October 16, 2012
By Manager in the All, Beer category.
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Beer Dinner with Cigar City Planning & Menu

We’re hosting our first beer dinner with Cigar City Brewing on Sunday, October 28th and it’s going to be a great time! Ron Raike- our Brewmaster- and Josh Brengle – a brewer at Cigar City- recently collaborated on Flame Out, a Pale Ale that is scoring a 97 on ratebeer.com. To open the dinner Ron & Josh have collaborated again to brew a traditional German Berliner Weiss – sour and refreshing, as a start this beer will wake us your palate & get it ready for what is about to ensue! Both breweries will pair a beer with each course however, besides the reception beer; I have a feeling these guys are going to keep what they’re up to a secret. All I know is, with these two breweries, we’re all in for a treat!

James & Dennis just gave the first draft of the menu to Ron and Cigar City. The reason that the menu is important to them is that they are brewing and selecting beers that will pair with the flavors of each course. Typically with beer dinners, the chef’s pair the food to the pre-selected beers. This time, the brewers at Cigar City & Ron decided that it would be cool to change up the norm and are selecting and even brewing beers just for each individual course. It’s really exciting to see all the talent coming together for this dinner! How often do you get to hang out with Ron Raike & the guys from Cigar City while eating food made by award winning chefs? This is definitely a night not to be missed! As I said previously, the menu is in its beginning phases and some things are still being conceptualized. These are most of the flavor components but I think you’ll get the idea behind it. The dinner is $65 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Reception starts at 6pm.

Reception

*Still being finalized, however, there is a collaboration that was brewed here at C&L with CCB that should be a Berliner Weisse.

1st Course
Fresh Hop Crusted Venison Carpaccio

baby beet, green olive, orange

2nd Course
Barbecued Cobia Collar

bacon-gouda grits, pickled squash, golden raisin, pumpkin seed relish, mushroom ketchup

3rd Course
Crawfish Boudin

pork cheek hash, fried pickled okra

4th Course
Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake

pumpkin-buttermilk white chocolate ganache, pumpkin seed brittle, cocoa nib whipped cream.

October 15, 2012
By Manager in the All, Beer category.
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“All Jacked Up” – Pumpkin Beer Release

Tuesday, October 16th at 4pm, our brewmaster, Ron Raike will tap our first annual “All Jacked Up” Pumpkin Beer. While big breweries are releasing pumpkin beers in the middle of the summer, we waited until the pumpkins were actually fresh and in season. Our Sous Chef, Jared, roasted 150lbs of Tampa grown calabaza pumpkins to create our new 7% ABV fall tradition beer. Ron says, “The beer is ‘all jacked up’ with traditional pumpkin pie spices and has a wild flower-honey finish.” Tomorrow can’t come fast enough!