Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beer Dinners Galore Downtown

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Someone must have rung the bell — this week and next, there'll be four terrificly elegant (and potent) "beer dinners" offered at some of the most elegant restaurants in town.

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The talented Jeremiah Bacon, Executive Chef at downtown bistro Carolina’s (10 Exchange St.), follows through with the restaurant’s monthly series of seasonal beer dinners with an authentically Bavarian seasonal theme. This month’s elegant event features five beers from the historic Weihenstephan brewery, an extremely brewery located south of Munich. Homemade bratwurst, pan seared scallops, grilled tuna pave, pork tenderloin, and tarte flambe are to be paired with two wheat beers, an Oktoberfest lager, and a mighty double bock. Carolina’s October Beer Dinner takes place on Wed. Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Carolina’s Restaurant. The price is $55 per person, including beer and exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required (call Carolina’s at (843) 724-3800.

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Distributor AdVintage Fine Wines & Craft Brews hosts a stunningly powerful (in flavor and
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alcohol content) beer dinner at Chai’s Lounge & Tapas (462 King Street) on Thurs. Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Adam Avery — founder, owner, and head brewer of Boulder, Colorado's award-winning Avery Brewing — will be on hand “for an evening of libation and celebration.” Established in 1993, it’s is a family owned and operated microbrewery specializing in traditional English and Belgian style ales. They boast using fine malts and our aggressive hopping methods. This dinner offers six courses of seafood, soups pastas, and lamb (and dessert), each paired with two beers. On the beer menu are the While Rascal (a traditional Belgian white ale), Kaiser (a high-strength Oktoberfest style), Ellie’s Brown (an American-style brown ale), Reverend (a sweet, super-strong Belgian ale), Old Jubilation and Ale to the Chief (two strong seasonal ales), IPA (a hoppy India Pale Ale), Salvation (a trappist-style Belgian strong ale), Hog Heaven (an American style barleywine), Out of Bounds (Irish-style stout), Samael’s (an oak-aged English “old ale”), and Maharaja (a seasonal “imperial” India Pale Ale). Limited seating is available for $65 per person. Call Chai’s at (843) 722-7313 for info.

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On the horizon are two notable beer dinners in the French Quarter. The Atlanta-based, award-winning SweetWater Brewing Company hosts a three-course beer dinner at McCrady’s Restaurant (2 Unity Alley) with brewery founder/owner Freddy “Big Kahuna” Bensch in attendance on Sun. Nov. 9 at 7: 30 p.m. Bensch will have three highly-hopped, unpasteurized ales in hand.

Combining the best of both barley and grape, Tristan Restaurant (55 S. Market St.) presents a four-course “Beer vs. Wine” dinner on Thurs. Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Chef Aaron Deal has created a four-course menu to paired with ales, lagers, whites, and reds to be selected by Sommelier Brian Austin. At the end of the dinner, votes for each course will cast by the diners, tallied, and a beer or wine winner will be announced. Limited seating is available by calling Tristan at (843) 534.2155.

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