Over the past few years, it's become apparent that beer has graduated from its 'college, bro' reputation with the masses and is making its way into the craft and artisanal markets, a very popular adoption of the Millennial generation and beyond.
With artisanal beer on the rise, Minneapolis gastropub Pig & Fiddle found it only appropriate to host a series of five-course beer dinners. It's become a new trend: restaurants and breweries are pairing up to highlight the complements of beer and good, upscale food. Even more, it's a great way for local to support local. (Fun fact: A beer connoisseur is called a cicerone, just like a wine aficionado is called a sommelier. )
In its latest pairing installation, Pig & Fiddle teamed up with Surly Brewing and featured a Belgian ale made from the malt and mash runoff of the then-unreleased SeVIIn. P&F Executive Chef Stephanie Kochlin whipped up a delectable combination of strawberries, aged goat cheese rubbed with cocoa powder, watercress and an apple cider gastrique on grilled sourdough bread. You can view the full article here.
Interested in more about beer pairings? Check out our Fast Casual Trends episode, where we lunch at Smashburger with Founder Tom Ryan and a local craft brewery rep to find out what makes the best burger-beer pairings.
Have beer dinners made it into your city yet? Would you be interested in attending one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.