Food and beer pairing you ask? Attending food and wine pairings is something I’ve had the opportunity to do many times in my life. Only until recently have I attended food and beer pairings. I had often wondered if beer was that complex. Can it honestly be paired with food to enhance the flavors and enjoyment of the beer? It sure can!
We are very fortunate here in Laramie to have Altitude Chophouse and Brewery. They often have special events that the public can attend. One of my favorites is food and beer pairings that they have with guest breweries. Last month I was very excited to see that they were going to bring in Blacktooth Brewing from Sheridan, Wyoming. They have been making unique and delicious craft beer for over 5 years. A representative from their brewery along with Altitude’s head brewer, Jessie, collaborated with chef Justin Sanchez of Laramie to bring a southwest food and beer pairing that knocked my socks off!
The menu consisted of 5 courses paired with one 4 ounce pour from each brewery. Here’s how the night went down. I’ve listed the food with the beers paired below. The first beer noted under all the courses was from Blacktooth, the second from Altitude.
Soft and Airy Tamales with Chimichurri Sauce
Hot Streak IPA
Green Chili with House Made Tortillas
Caught Looking American Blonde Ale
The Three Cabelleros Unfiltered Mexican Lager
El Pastor Taco with House Made Corn Tortilla
Big Red American Double Red Ale
Anniversary Ale American Barley Wine
Crisp Pork Belly, Mango and Mole Spiced Turtle Beans
1516 Barrel Aged American Double IPA
The Bear Necessities Session IPA
Horchata Creme Brulee
Black Eagle Baltic Porter
Whistle While You Work H&S Coffee Stout
My favorite pairing was the pork belly and Blacktooth’s 1516 Barrel Aged American Double IPA. The rich, and smooth taste of the IPA really brought out the sweet and spicy flavors in the mole sauce. That, combined with pork and beans and I was in heaven! The dessert course was the icing on the cake. Chef Sanchez made a creme brulee out of horchata, a Latin American milky drink made from ground almonds. It was perfect for brulee. So creamy and delicious. It was paired with Altitude’s H+S Coffee Stout made with local H+S coffee. Coffee beer has become something I seek out when I go to new breweries. It may sound like a weird combination but you’d be surprised. Try it!
If you travel to Laramie or Sheridan Wyoming make stops at Altitude and Blacktooth breweries. There’s something for everyone. I hope you get the chance to attend a food and beer pairing. Beers these days are complex and unique. There are so many flavors that can be added to beer that can make it very special. I’ll think twice now when I go out for a meal. Maybe my dish would be better with a beer along side rather than a glass of wine. All I know is that I am continually excited to see what Wyoming brew masters are up to. They keep getting more creative. That makes me a happy beer drinker!