Friday, January 18, 2013

Calendar check (updated): The Varanese/NABC beer dinner is Thursday, February 7.

01/22 update, now with the complete menu
01/23 update, added Tony Beard's poster

John Varanese, chef and owner of the Frankfort Avenue eatery that bears his name, is devising a four-course menu to accompany the six NABC beers pictured: Hoosier Daddy, Elector, Black & Blue Grass, Solidarity, Hoptimus and Tunnel Vision (in the growler).

It is Varanese's first-ever beer dinner, and it takes place on Thursday, February 7, with greetings and drinks at 6:30 p.m., and the courses unfolding beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Varanese web site
Varanese at Facebook

I'll be there to describe NABC's beers, and we're looking forward to a memorable evening. Here are the menu and pairings, and remember, this is only $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

NABC Beer Dinner
Varanese/The New Albanian Brewing Company

Hoosier Daddy – Imperial Red Ale

First Course
Black & Blue Grass – Spiced Belgian Ale
Crispy Fried Chipotle BBQ Quail Legs
Served with Beer Battered Onion Rings
With a Horseradish Cream Sauce

Second Course
Elector – American Strong Ale
Arugula and Frisee Salad topped with Bacon Lardons, Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Croutons with a Lemon-Cracked Pepper Vinaigrette Topped with Poached Egg

Third Course
Hoptimus – Imperial India Pale Ale
Beer Braised Short Ribs and House-Made Sausage
Served with Toasted Barley and Carrot Risotto, Buttered Cabbage and Caraway
Finished with a Porter Beer Sauce

Fourth Course
Solidarity – Baltic Porter
Chocolate-Orange Cheese Cake with Pretzel Crust
Topped with Caramel and Marshmallow Sauce

Tunnel Vision – Royal Wallonian Ale

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