Henry's Beer Dinner, Monday February 9th at 5:30 pm
The brewer connections between a handful of great local breweries crash together on Monday, February 9th for Chef Eddie Blyden's Brewer Dinner at Henry's. As some might know, Christian Kazakoff of Iron Springs brewed at Triple Rock for ten years. Rodger Davis, now head brewer at Triple Rock, was head brewer here at Drake's until last year. Josh Miner, former assistant brewer, came back to be head brewer after Rodger left. At the top of the heap of this beer dinner is of course Eddie Blyden, who is well-known for his stints at the great 21st Amendment Brewery and the Alembic in San Francisco.
THE FOOD..... AND THE BEER
Eddie and the brewers have come up with a great beer dinner menu. It starts out with a black bean & Scharffenberger cocoa soup with smoked ham & cinnamon black cream. This is served with Drake's Hefeweizen & Triple Rock Pale Ale.
The salad course is Bitter greens with toasted walnuts, Reggiano parmesan, shaved milk chocolate & balsamic vinaigrette. The beers served with this course are Iron Springs Boot Jack Brown & Drake's Amber.
There are two choices for entrees: You may order the "Triple Rock Porter braised Niman Ranch Beef Stew" with winter root vegetables and house-made egg noodles. The beers served with this entree are Triple Rock Brown Ale and Iron Springs Pilsner. The other entree is "Wild Mushroom Risotto" with cocoa nibs and ricotta. This is served with the great Drake's 1500 (an extra hopped pale, that's lighter in body & alcohol than a typical IPA).
Ah... Dessert! it is vanilla pudding with English cookies, served with Iron Springs oak-aged Barley Wine (2006) & Triple Rock Chocolate Milk Stout.
The Henry's Brewers Dinner starts at 5:30pm with a meet & greet with the brewers. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and each brewery will present a style of beer for tasting. Dinner will begin at 6:30. The cost is $45 per person. Reservations needed. Call Joseph White @ 510-809-4126 or use opentable. Henry's is in the Durant Hotel at 2600 Durant Ave. Berkeley.