Chai's Lounge & Tapas (462 King Street) announced an upcoming beer dinner with a very special guest. On Tues. Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., The Brooklyn Brewery's longtime brewmaster Garrett Oliver — an authority in the United States on the subject of traditional beer and an acclaimed celebrity in the craft beer world — will be on hand to personally present six of his brewery's lagers and ales with a six-course feast prepared by Executive Chef Derek Falta.
Oliver is the author of The Brewmaster's Table and an avid and lecturer. He regularly hosts beer tastings and dinners, and he's internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food. In a recent summer issue, All About Beer magazine described Oliver as "the Beau Brummel of the brewing community ... best known for bringing media attention to the pairing of beer and food."
The menu, posted on the Brooklyn Brewery site, looks quite rich and colorful. Appetizers of pâté, pickled carrots, cucumbers, and "maple chicken lollipops" are paired with the Brooklyn Lager. Shrimp dumplings with two sauces come served with the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Spicy sweet potato bisque with buttermilk marinated cornmeal oysters accompany the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. The main courses include wreckfish and blue crab succotash with the strong Brooklyn Local, and braised pork belly in pumpkin with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread with the popular Brooklyn Brown Ale. The dessert course features chocolate bread pudding with coffee ice cream alongside the mighty Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.
Reservations are available for $65 per person (plus tax and tip). Limited space is available.