Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Brewers Night Recap: Abbeydale and Thornbridge Brewery

Smoked Salmon Paté paired with Rhubarbe de Saison beer from Thornbridge Brewery
Brewers Night with Thornbridge Brewery
In our last post we shared how excited we were to launch our BBQ and Brewers Night Series – a fun opportunity to showcase not only our authentic American BBQ but also just how well it can pair with the dizzying selection of fantastic beers being brewed in and around Sheffield. We thought, heck, this should be pretty simple – visit a brewery, sample a bunch of beers and find five to match with our favourite smoked meats.  Job done.  Uh, no, the process was nowhere near that simple.  The arduous process of tasting and re-tasting was so iterative we were unsure if a repertoire the size of Abbeydale or Thornbridge Brewery was vast enough to match the dishes we thought we wanted to serve.  Yeah, I know how ridiculous that sounds.

As a chef, there are so many exciting elements in a process like this.  We first look to find flavours in beers that enhance, balance and flatter the flavours that we know in our food.  Then, unexpectedly, we taste something that just grabs us - WTF was that?  Can we do something with this? Should we?  Hell yeah, we have to! And that really changed the game for us – forcing us to push our own boundaries and create bespoke dishes to match these amazing finds.