The Winter Brewers Dinner Experience
By Shae Lambert, Cottages at Cape Kiwanda Concierge
It’s no secret, I LOVE BEER! Hoppy beer, malty beer, sour beer, barrel aged beer, barley wine...I’ve been known to put back a few domestic beers, as well. One thing that I won’t admit to is being a beer snob. If it’s fermented, I’ll drink it. The only thing I LOVE more than beer is possibly food (maybe). You can imagine when the Pelican Pub and Brewery puts on one of their fabulous Brewers Dinners, I am on that list. I am fortunate enough to LIVE and work in this beautiful community. It’s a special outing for us locals. We leave our hoodies in the closet (just for dinner), dress up a bit, and meet our amazing friends at our favorite watering hole. I’m also notorious for taking the “eat, drink, be merry” bit to a whole new level and Sunday morning was proof of that.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend one of these events you must get it on your list of things to do in the very near future. The pairings are excellent. The chef team at the Pelican really shines; there is some amazing talent in that kitchen. One of my favorite pairings of the evening was the duck confit salad with huckleberry gastrique, duck confit, herb aioli, grilled spent grain bread, watercress, arugula, radicchio, tomato confit, and crispy fennel (okay that sounds kind of snobby). It was paired with the Hoppy Hoppy Nano Brew Imperial IPA; a collaboration beer by the highly anticipated, soon-to-open Gigantic Brewing Company of Portland and Breakside Brewery, also in Portland. Simply AMAZING!
The dinner finale, Chocolate Hazelnut Joconde, was paired with Schwarzenfreude, the Pelican - Gigantic collaboration beer. What a treat! Oregon hazelnut and chocolate cake, cocoa nib infused ice cream, chocolate malt and orange tuile, and sour cream caramel sauce. BEER and CHOCOLATE, 'nough said.
I could go on and on, but your time is precious and I am on a deadline. So check out the Spring Brewers Dinner on April 21st; you may see me there. Oh, I’ll be the one drinking beer with a food back.