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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beer Dinners, or the Fine Art of the 'Brew Fixe'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

There's no steadfast rule to putting together a beer dinner except, duh, you should have good food and pair it with good beer. Beyond that, they come in all shapes and sizes, meaning number of courses and the hit your wallet will take.

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)

Cost: $30

Reservations: 681-0330

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

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