Proving attending one doesn't have to be a big investment, tonight at Social Kitchen and Brewery, chef Dante Simoncini and brewmaster Rich Higgins kick off Social's monthly beer dinners with a "brew fixe," four courses for $30.
On Monday, Chenery Park continues the regular series of beer dinners it started earlier this year by inviting Central California brewery Firestone-Walker for a five course meal to the tune of $85. Chenery Park's Rich Rosen (who's also a co-owner of Pi Bar) has put together the following menu:
• Chilled seafood and raw bar with Solace Wheat, Firestone's newest offering
• Smoked pork belly with potato pancake and cider with Cali-style Pale 31
• Sliced leg of lamb with vegetable tian with Union Jack IPA, gold-medal winner two years running at the Great American Beer Fest
• Beer-braised pot roast with root vegetables with Walker's Reserve Porter
• And for dessert, warm bourbon bread pudding and chocolate fondue with Parabola, the limited-production, barrel-aged Imperial Stout
Firestone-Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson will be on hand. He's no stranger to co-hosting such events. "It is clear that the San Francisco culinary scene has embraced artisanal beer and food pairings, and I believe Rich Rosen and his team are a great example of that," Brynildson says.
It's a simple matter of deciding how hungry you are and how much you've got to plunk down.
Social Kitchen and Brewery
When: Weds., July 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: 1326 Ninth Ave. (at Irving)
Chenery Park and Firestone-Walker
When: Mon., July 26, 6 p.m.
Where: 683 Chenery Street (at Diamond)
Cost: $85 (includes gratuity)
Reservations: 337 8537