We held our first Backer Tasting Party and Farm to Pint Dinner, a collaboration with Greenling, a super awesome farm delivery service opening soon in Houston, on December 14. The event was a great success with a sold out Chef’s Table filled with 25 happy dinner guests and a full tap room filled with Backers, friends and members of the community interested in finding out about the Brewery Incubator and Greenling.
We wanted to share a special thank you to those who attended here along with a very special shout-out to the people who helped make it a success.
Thank you to Chefs Jay Stone and Troy Witherspoon (of Craft Infusion) for creating incredible dishes for our guests, thank you to Greenling for donating all of the produce from wonderful local farms and a very special thank you to the League Brewers, who created awesome beers to share with all and worked the taps as well as serving. You guys are the best!
The evening began with a special beer cocktail by mixologist Eoghan Dillman, espuma of candied ujukitsu lemon and chambord in Frostown’s Cascadian Dark Ale.
Chef Jay Stone, formerly of Wicked Whisk and now independent (we hope to see much more of him in our kitchen!) began the first pairing, a beautifully rare goat loin on sunchoke puree with an IPA foam, peas, arugula and freeze dried kimchee powder, paired with the IPA used in the foam, Frostown Brewing’s Hopfioso IPA.
As an intermezzo between courses, guests enjoyed a Green Bell Pepper Ale by Warlock’s Games & Beer. This special beer was created for the evening’s Farm to Pint theme and was a surprising hit with everyone!
Next up came Chef Troy Witherspoon’s sunchoke gnocchi with brown ale braised goat shank and pickled radish paired with Luz Brews Christmas Pterodactale.
For dessert, co-founder Lucrece Borrego, who also happens to own a beer dessert business, Happier Desserts, created a beer spin on the traditional Christmas fruitcake with Tripel Upsidedown Citrus Cake served with Saison ice cream live churned with beer and liquid nitrogen. She paired the dish with the Wassail-copter holiday ale from Warlocks Games & Beer.
As a grand finale, we poured the intense Belgian Dubbel 007 by High Fidelity Brewing, a perfect apres dessert beer.