Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Brewers Night Recap with North Union Brewing Co.

Smoked Beef Tenderloin on Black Pepper Cracker Bread
Smoked Beef Tenderloin on Black Pepper Cracker Bread
Well, that was fun, now wasn't it!  The fifth instalment of our BBQ and Brewers Night series with North Union Brewing Co was by far our most adventurous to date.  Iain Kenny, Director and Head Brewer at North Union Brewing Co, was an excellent partner in this event as he certainly brought his creative best – his beers were a massive hit and we are pretty certain we did a bang-up job matching the right foods with the right beers.

You can never go wrong when a summer party includes a wheelbarrow filled with ice and a keg of Imperial Pale Lager and ends with a tense match of Beer Pong!!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Brewers Night with Exit 33 Brewing Recap

Guests seated at the Brewers Table
BBQ and Brewers Night with Exit 33 Brewing, brewers table
It’s never easy writing a recap of our BBQ and Brewers Dinners without being too reflective or self-critical. Did we accomplish what we set out to achieve?  Did the food pair well enough with the beers?  Did the food stand up well enough on its own? OMG, WHAT HAVE WE DONE????

This event with Exit 33 Brewing really was a big challenge for us as we stepped away from our comfort zone by developing a bespoke 5-course pairing menu (see below) that we thought would best match the beautiful beers that Pete Roberts produces.  We dabbled in things like smoked and dried baby roma tomatoes, devilled eggs, smoked rainbow trout and pickled watermelon…all in the first course!  And we finished with a chilli pineapple carpaccio with smoked banana ice cream.  From where I was standing (in the kitchen, naturally) I saw a lot of smiling faces, heard some very nice feedback, and few full bellies being rubbed.  Me thinks we done good.