A couple weeks back we attended a beer pre-release dinner at Two Roads featuring some super special brews paired with food by our good friend Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods. What could be better than an evening of Connecticut beer paired with Connecticut food?
|Our tablemates, Rich and Charlotte, agree that Road 2 Rouen is a winner!|
And yes it was paired with “just a salad” but I have to say the creamy avocado and roasted carrots were a welcome compliment to the beer.
Flanken is a strip of meat from the front end of the short ribs of beef. It’s a tougher cut, so Chef Plum marinated it in Unorthodox. This was my favorite dish of the evening. The tender meat, the “burnt” sweetness of the clementines, the creaminess of the parsnips and the hint of garlic-onion flavor of the ramps was superbly matched to the beer.
Beer: Barrel-Aged Henry’s Farm
Food: Maple Doughnuts + Banana Tatins with Henry’s Farm caramel and backyard maple syrup
Made every spring, this is a doppelbock aged in rye whiskey barrels. The flavor starts out oaky, yielding to some caramel sweetness, and finishes with a little bitterness.
Dessert was the right touch of sweet to finish out the meal. The dessert helped draw out the caramel flavor in the beer, yet at the same time, the beer’s woody and slightly bitter notes tempered what could have been a very sweet dessert. Plus, I love that Chef Plum made the maple syrup with his three daughters. A sweet story, and a sweet end to a wonderful tasting experience.
Most of the beers at the Nor’Yeaster event are now only available at the brewery or select restaurants. Do do what you have to do and find ’em, especially that Road 2 Rouen.
For more photos from the evening’s festivities check out our Facebook album.