On March 11, 2014 the August Jack and Untapped Craft Importers collaborated on a beer dinner. All 4 courses were french inspired as the beer was from two Quebec breweries Le Trou De Diable and Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. Tickets for the dinner were $50 plus tip. This beer dinner was much different than any other that I had been to as this was not a big group dinner that started at a set time (If I had known I would probably come with someone). The soft start for this dinner was 5pm but you could come at any time after 5. Once their you could start the dinner menu.
Bruleed Poach PearGoat’s Cheese
Lavender Flower & Ginger Poach
Paired with: Dieu Du Ciel – Derniere Volonte (Belgian IPA)
I don’t usually like pears but these were quite tasty. The sweetness of the pear went well with the fruity Belgian yeast in the beer. Being a Belgian IPA the bitterness of the hops contrasted with sweetness also.
Duck Confit Poutine
Crispy Duck Fat Fries
Porter Duck Demi-Glace
Fresh Cheese Curds
Paired with: Le Trou Du Diable – La Buteuse (Belgian Triple)
This was an amazing putine. The duck Confit was amazing with tons of flavour. The fries had tons of flavour as they were fried in duck fat. I would have liked a bit more demi-glace on top of the cheese curds so they would melt a bit but the curds tasted amazing. This Belgian Triple had allot of flavour which goes well with the big flavour of the putine.
Venison Leek Tourtiere
Grilled mango Chutney
Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts
Paired With: Le Trou Du Diable – Tractor Saison
The Venison Tourtiere was amazingly tasty with wild game meat. The sasion paired well with the crust of the tourtiere with the wheat in the beer. The beer also paired well with the sweetness of the mango chutney. I have always loved fried brussel sprouts so its always good to have them on any plate.
Flight of Quevecois Cheeses & Accoutremonts
Grey Owl – Ahe-ripened goat. Fromagerie le Detour, Notre-Dame-du-Lac
Le Mont Jacob – Washed-rind Cow. Fromagerie Blackburn
Bleu d’Elizabeth – Blue Veined, Semi-soft, Cow. Fromagerie du Presbytere
Dieu Du Diel – Rigor Mortis (Belgian Quadrupel)
These are some big cheeses with a big beer! The big fruit flavours and alcohol was able to keep up with the strength of flavour of the cheeses. I don’t usually eat blue cheese but I did try this one with a spicy mustered and it was quite tasty. The fresh made toasts were really good with the cheese as well.
This was a great dinner and was just enough food to fill you up. Next time I go to a dinner here I will be sure to bring a few friends as it is a bit different doing a meal like this alone. Thanks to the guys at Untapped for inviting me out to this dinner!
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