It takes a lot of beer to make great wine

by Jana Harvey on June 30, 2009

Scott and I do a lot of wine and food pairing dinners so we were intrigued when Mike & Ken from Silverado Brewing Co. invited us to their Brewer's Dinner last week.  There was a great group of about 40 people–with several other winemakers present.  Beerdinner While enjoying a Blonde Ale during the reception, one of the first people we met was Doug Ernst from the St. Helena Star.  He was introducing himself to everyone.  We understood why when at the end of the evening, Doug went up one side of the table and down the other and remembered everyone's name that he had met during the reception. Very impressive.

Not being much of a beer drinker, I was wondering how I was going to make it through four courses and five beers.  My concerns were allayed.  These fresh beers were not heavy at all and paired beautifully with the menu Chef Bernardo Ayala prepared.   My favorites were the Amber Ale paired with the Grilled Black Mission Fig Salad and the Wheat Ale with the Cedar Planked Pacific Black Cod.  I made it through every course and even had beer with dessert!–A Hefeweizen.  We were happy to hear that the Brewing Company is going to do these great dinners once a quarter so we can let our friends know not to miss this amazing experience.

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