The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ restaurant “The Grill” is helmed by Chef Daniel Boling, who has been putting on beer dinners with local breweries such as Societe, Monkey Paw, Rough Draft, AleSmith, Manzanita, Rock Bottom, Coronado, Ballast Point, Stone and others for years.
“For all the beer dinner menus I try to find some connection to the brewer,” Chef Boling told WC. “The first question I always ask the brewer when trying to come up with a pairing is, ‘What do you like to eat with your beer?’”
In the case of Saint Archer, the featured brewery at next Wednesday’s dinner, the answers were island-influenced: “Kim (Lutz, lead brewer) mentioned that Yiga (Miyashiro, director of brewing operations) makes good poke, and then we all started talking about Hawaiian food,” said Paul Tralka, brewery sales representative. Lutz has also roots there, having previously worked at Maui Brewing Company, and it just so happened that The Grill Chef had recently visited Hawaii for the first time a short while ago.
“I really want the event to be about the brewery,” said Chef Boling. “The food is important, but the beer should be the star. Hopefully both the food and beer make each other better.” Tickets for the event are available at this link; the menu is below:
Reception: Ahi poke in a crispy sesame cone
Paired with Blonde Ale
First course: Kalua-style porchetta with fried sweet potato, arugula and Cara cara orange
Paired with White Ale
Second course: Local halibut with Macadamia nut crust, lomi-lomi salmon and spicy pickled cabbage
Paired with IPA
Third course: “Loco Moco” red ale-braised short rib, sticky rice and poached pullet egg
Paired with Red Ale
Dessert: Malasadas with dark chocolate ganache
Paired with Coffee Brown Ale
Deschutes Brewery’s giant beer barrel on wheels, Woody, returns to San Diego from Oregon this month for several Base Camp for Beer Fanatics events. This year, they’re partnering up with San Diego Coastkeeper to raise some money to protect our shoreline.
Tuesday, April 15 (5 – 9 p.m.)
Hats Off to Homebrewers @ Coronado Production Facility
For $30 enjoy side-by-side samples of beers from both breweries paired with small bites from Deschutes Brewery executive chef Jeff Usinowicz and Coronado executive chef Casey Chapman. Your ticket cost also includes brewing supplies (clone recipe booklets and whole flower hops), a formal Q&A session with the brewers, and a commemorative snifter.
Wednesday, April 16 (4 – 7 p.m.)
Bikes, Beers & Bites @ Pacific Beach
Start the beer crawl at Bicycle Discovery on Felspar (rentals are $10), before heading to Ciro’s Pizzeria, Bare Back Grill and SD TapRoom, where each bar will have special beers and appetizers for crawlers ($15 total). TapRoom caps the ride with a “Flights and Bites” event featuring several Deschutes beers.
Thursday, April 17 (5 – 9 p.m.)
Landmarks Beer Dinner @ Urge Gastropub
In Rancho Bernardo four stations will showcase a Deschutes beer named after a popular Central Oregon landmark and a paired plate. Chefs and brewers will educator visitors about cooking with beer, pairing food with beer and more.
Thursday, April 17 (8 – 11 p.m.)
Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels @ 98 Bottles
Hosted by “Naughty Pierre,” this event in Little Italy is $5 to attend. The ladies will feature a Deschutes beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts.
Friday, April 18 (6 – 10 p.m.)
Pizza, Pints & Prizes @ Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Special pizzas are being made just to pair with beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Inversion IPA, Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA.
Saturday, April 19 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
Beach Bash @ Belmont Park
Woody is parking on the north end of historic Belmont Park for events with Wave House (starting at 11 a.m.), Coaster Saloon, and Sandbar. Each spot will have unique menu items paired with Deschutes beers.
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Brabant Bar & Café in South Park is helping celebrate Belgian Beer Day with a toast at 2:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. Antwerp time), offering 15% off all bottles on their beer menu. The toast will happen live via Skype.
Westfield UTC is hosting an Uncasked brewfest benefitting the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG) from 4 – 7 p.m. For $20 you get 10 samples from eight local breweries, unlimited bites from local restaurants and performances from award-winning local musicians.
In the East Village at SILO in Makers Quarter is another SDBG event, Craft Beer + Bites, featuring 10 breweries and 10 local chefs. Tickets are $35 at the door (no more online sales) and include 10 four-ounce pours and 10 small bites.
Last night Karl Strauss Downtown released “25 Years Behind Bars,” a ginger and lemongrass witbier brewed by Bonnie Peterson, a beertender who’s been with the company for 25 years. With an assist from brewer Sean Albrecht, the beer came out at 5% ABV, 11 IBU and 3 SRM.
Bonnie’s quote of the night: “This is a light, refreshing, spicy beer that, unlike me, will only be here for a limited time.” She’s right — only 10 barrels were brewed, and the majority is going on tap downtown. Added bonus: $1 from each pint sold goes to KARL’s Brewers Education Fund.
– The Stone Stochasticity Project is back with its third beer, a canned Cr(He)am Ale infused with Helium.