Delicious drinking and dining at Natick’s Craft Beer Dinner

This past November Salt News explored beer cocktails—and the gentrification of beer continues on January 27th at Sel de la Terre Natick’s Craft Beer Dinner.

Sel de la Terre is known for their wine dinners, and the format will be similar. Sous Chef Ben Lacy will prepare four inventive courses paired with delicious New England brews. Natick General Manager Bernie Franco talks enthusiastically about the event. “Often people overlook the fact that beer has a lot of flavor profiles that pair well with their favorite foods,” he says. “People can relate to beer in a different sense [than they can to wine]. What we hope to do is make those people realize ‘Hey, it’s okay to have a beer with my duck.’” On his New York Times blog “The Pour,” Eric Asimov makes the case that good beer and good wine should enjoy equal status. He writes, “Craft beer’s battle is not against wine but against decades of cynical marketing from the giant breweries.”

A few of the brewers will attend the dinner to talk about the beers and answer questions. Salt News is particularly excited for the Mayflower IPA paired with the third course beer braised pork belly with toasted barley, roasted Brussels sprouts, and cranberry-ale reduction. The Mayflower IPA is brewed with extra hops, as was the beer aboard the Pilgrim’s Mayflower to keep it fresh during the long voyage. Also, check out this beer pairing primer from the Fine Living Network.

Based on the success of SDLT Natick’s recent Fall Game Dinners, this event is likely to be popular. Make your reservations soon!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
$48 per guest
Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30, dinner at 7
View the full menu here

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~ by saltnews on January 5, 2010.

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