First course: Ravioli Spinach Brodo, paired with Mama’s Little YELLA Pills and Ricasoli Rose. The brodo (soup) was more garlicky than we anticipated which worked well with the hoppy pils. The wine was a bit sweet and contrasted with the spicy brodo. The crowd was pretty much split but my wife, Cris, surprised me by preferring the pils. Off to a good start for the Brew Bros.
|Rich (Dino) and Cris|
Round three was an Italian pastry stuffed with spicy pork and ricotta cheese covered with marinara sauce paired with Left Hand’s Sawtooth ESB and a Chianti Classico. The caramelized pork matched the malty caramel sweetness of the beer but the tannic wine cut the marinara sauce perfectly. It’s difficult for any beer to stand up to tomato sauce. Winos up 2-1.
|Mike (Axe) and Paulina|
All tied up going into the fifth course which was an anisette pizelle with Italian orange marmalade paired with Breck’s vanilla porter and a Domenico Bertiol Prosecco with anisette infusion. The fizzy champagne with anisette matched the flavors of the Italian cookie and vanilla ice cream but the beer boys knocked it out of the park with a rich, malty, vanilla porter that brought out the richness of the food and beer.
The great food with beverage pairings were enjoyed by all with lively conversations throughout the evening on the benefits of beer and wine. JoAnn and Dennis were pleased with the sell-out crowd and are planning another beer-wine dinner in the future. Stay tuned for more.
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