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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The 'Homebrew Chef' Offers Up a Cinema-Themed Beer Dinner

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

If you've ever been to one of Sean Paxton's (aka The Homebrew Chef) beer dinners, you know what kind of madness awaits. Countless inventive beer infusions and inspired pairings are the hallmark of his dinners, with a dose of molecular gastronomy and heady conceptual tie-ins for good measure. Tomorrow, Paxton pairs up with New Belgium Brewing for a beery dinner in celebration of the Sonoma Film Festival.

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At an all-inclusive $75 price tag, this beery dinner is a steal. We caught up with Paxton, who was kind enough to share his maniacal menu with us. Act quickly, tickets are bound to sell out.

Homebrew Chef Sonoma Film Festival Beer Dinner

Where: Ramekins Cooking School, 450 West Spain St., Sonoma

When: April 11, 6:30pm-10pm

Cost: $75, tickets available here

What: More interesting beer infusions than you can shake a mash paddle at. See the full menu, below:



Duck fat fried heirloom popcorn, dusted in fennel pollen, grains of paradise and truffle salt

Cedar smoked bacon fat popped popcorn with tomato powder, thyme salt and porcini mushroom dust


"The Bejkr" dough baked in the wood oven with Russian River Consecration barrel staves, shaved fennel,

Sonoma Dry Jack, local olive oil, sea salt and chili

Paired with Hoppy Bock & Fat Tire


"Unicorn Sashimi"

Carpaccio of beets, carrots, radishes, fennel fond, arugula, shaved Cypress Grove Midnight Moon,

Hazelnut sesame sunflower seed butter, tarragon, sunflower sprouts, Ranger IPA foam

Paired with Rampant Imperial IPA


"The Man Who Lived on His Bike"

Sea scallops poached in Sunshine Wheat and bergamot peel, sautéed lacinato kale with sage, green beans,

Trippel coriander sabayon

Paired with Biere De Garde


"Bird and Business" Sonoma County chicken and duck, mixed with Lips of Faith Cascara Quad soaked dates,

caramelized shallots, black garlic sausage, on a breaded Paul's Produce rutabaga film reel, escarole & green garlic

topped with a abbey coffee mustard sauce

Paired with Lips of Faith Cascara Quad


Pt. Reyes Bay Blue, Laura Chenel Cheese, Delice de la Vallee

Abbey Ale orange peel honey, La Folie beer jelly, clove smoked cashews, hop salt, local breads and crackers

Paired with Lost Abbey Bretta Beer & Prickly Passion Saison



1554 beer brittle topped with dark chocolate, toasted pistachio and smoked salt

Paired with Heavenly Feijoa beer marshmallow dipped in white chocolate with rose dust


Peach Porch Lounger ice cream with Trippel caramel ripple

Biere de Mars goat milk sherbet

Paired with Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout & Transatlantique Kriek

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