The Beer Chicks Beer-Pairing Dinner

on 01/09/10 at 11:34 pm


How fun is it to learn about beer from The Beer Chicks – in person! and pair with a tasty menu of complementary dishes. The Beer Chicks are renowned beer sommeliers Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, and the authors of The Naked Pint, a terrific book that covers beer from A -Z. The dinner was a benefit for What A Pair , an awesome organization that raises money for breast cancer research.

The dinner was at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica – next time you’re in town, don’t miss it – in the back patio and it was a cool venue for kicking back. I went with my wasband, an avid beer aficianado and a man of great curiosity, and we noticed the crowd seemed to be people who might have been wine drinkers looking into what all the brouhaha is about craft beer. I don’t think they were disappointed.

So, here are the beers: Little Yella Pilsner,¬† Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, Allagash White, Ballast Point CalicoAmber, Bruery Tradewinds Tripel, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Chimay Blue, Rodenbach Red and Maui CoCoNut Porter over vanilla ice cream. Swore I’d only taste it because I’m not a porter fan, but over ice cream, it was delicious and I couldn’t stop eating it. I’d had about half of the beers before, but food pairing takes on a whole different flava…yes, just like wine. The revelation to me was the Rodenbach – luscious, complex, slightly sour yet had a sweetness to it…unusual and delicious.

The Beer Chicks have another terrific event coming up The First Ever Los Angeles Craft Beer¬† Crawl September 25. Sadly, I’ll be out of town, but I’ll catch the next one.