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Beer Pairing Menu Fri Sept 12

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Beer Pairing Menu Fri Sept 12


IthacaBeer  Chef Jim’s cooking and Ithaca Brew Co beer!  What a combo!


Course 1- Summer salad with Apricot Vinaigrettte- paired with Apricot Wheat

Apricot Wheat Ale- From Ithaca Brewing website description
Our smooth wheat beer is light in color and body…perfect for those looking for a lighter taste. The combination of wheat and barley gives Apricot Wheat a different malt character than our other ales. The hint of apricot gives this beer a pleasant nose and fruity finish.
Availability Year Round
ABV 4.9%
Malt: 2-Row Pale, White Wheat
Hops: Summit
Other: Natural apricot flavor
Suggested Food Pairing: Complements Summer Salads and Fruity Desserts, Excellent ingredient for pork accompaniments/sauces.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Soft goat’s milks cheese like Chevre.

Course 2- Gazpacho with spicy shrimp- paired with Flower Power FlowerPower

Flower Power IPA
Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

Availability Year Round
ABV 7.5%
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Honey Malt
Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Citra, Ahtanum, Centennial
Dry Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial
Suggested Food Pairing: Accentuates hot and spicy cuisine like Indian and Thai curries or Mexican.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Strong cheeses like Stilton, Danish Blue or Gorgonzola.
Awards Silver Medal – TAP NY 2008
National IPA Championship Final Four 2008, 2010, 2011

Course 3- Smoked brisket with cornbread and slaw- Cascazilla

The name CascaZilla (Cas-kuh-zil-uh) is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. CascaZilla gets its distinctive red color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends to the beer, a hearty body and sweetness. It is a hoppy red ale!
Availability Year Round
ABV 7%
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo
Dry Hop: Cascade, Amarillo
Suggested Food Pairing: Accentuates spicy stews or barbecued meat.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Strong cheeses like Danish Blue or Gruyere.
Awards: Silver Medal – American Style Amber/RedGABF 2008

Course 4- Chocolate creme pots with sea salt- Nut Brown

Nut Brown
The rich mahogany hue of the Nut Brown is the first thing you will notice. You’ll find subtle hints of both chocolate & coffee. We delicately blend chocolate & caramel malts with four others to make this flavorful, easy drinking beer. The malt character will appeal to those looking for a moderate dark ale, but the smoothness is what will surprise all.
Availability Year Round
ABV 5.4%
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich-10, Crystal, Brown, Victory, Dark Chocolate, Amber
Hops: Northern Brewer
Suggested Food Pairing: Complements grilled or roasted meat, and enhances nutty or caramel desserts.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Nutty cheeses like Edam or Asiago.