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.
*Still being finalized, however, there is a collaboration that was brewed here at C&L with CCB that should be a Berliner Weisse.
Fresh Hop Crusted Venison Carpaccio
baby beet, green olive, orange
Barbecued Cobia Collar
bacon-gouda grits, pickled squash, golden raisin, pumpkin seed relish, mushroom ketchup
pork cheek hash, fried pickled okra
Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake
pumpkin-buttermilk white chocolate ganache, pumpkin seed brittle, cocoa nib whipped cream.