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Bay Area Fine Dining + Beer?

By Joe Ruvel · November 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I have been thinking lately about going to a top tier fine dining restaurant and asking for a beer pairing to go with a one of those 3 hour 10 course tasting menus.

So I wanted to ask all you (that is the beer loving, food crazed, blogging public) if you had any ideas of restaurants where this would work. A lot of places will just stare at you and say – um we have Anchor Steam. Which is a fine beer but does not make a beer pairing.

Of course if they had the concept of beer pairings that would be great, but I was looking for more a great beer selection that would go well with their type of food. And overall I am not looking for brewpubs or gastropubs (both of which I love) this is more an established acclaimed restaurant that supports good beer and the concept of pairing said good beer with a tasting menu. One idea was Slanted Door.

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Thanks – Joe

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spike // Nov 14, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Yeah, it’s strange that restaurants don’t push their beer into the spotlight for the most part. You’ve got restaurants that have wine pairings, why not beers? or other alcoholic beverages.

    Is there a standard pairing for beer? like how they recommend red wines with red meat?

  • 2 joe // Nov 16, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Well this is in the US – in Belgium they have a bunch of beer centered restaurants and bistros. But the concept is getting more popular here.

    There are a bunch of standard pairings – simple rules of thumb are the same as with wine – lighter beers (wheat, wit, and pils) with fish and poultry and early in the courses and then the bigger heavy beers (IPA, dubbel, porter) with strong sauces and meat. I love real hoppy beers with real spicy Asian foods. High alcohol sugary beers go great with dessert. Check out http://www.beercook.com for a whole bunch of ideas.