It’s been nearly a year since Sam & Mookie’s and the Boston Beer Company held a Sam Adams Beer Dinner. In that year, I’ve been eagerly waiting for the next beer dinner email from Jeff Good, but as the months and weeks passed by, it quickly slipped my mind. However last week my wait ended. A new email arrived in my inbox advertising a new beer dinner! This time the stars were the beers of the Atlanta Brewing Company.
I’ll freely admit that I didn’t know much about the Atlanta Brewing Company. Whenever I drink the local beer in
It never hurts to start dinner with a nice Ale.
While Bob was explaining the history of ABC, the first beer and food pairing came to the table.
Served with the pale ale were the Orange-Sesame Chicken wings.
These wings were leaps and bounds ahead of the first dish, and were quite tasty. It was as this point the three to a person rule got more than a little annoying, but I suppose it’s for the greater good.
Seeing as Sal & Mookie’s specializes in pizza, it should come as no surprise that the third course was a pizza.
This was a hearty slice of the Sicilian-Style Grilled Summer Vegetable-Pesto Pizza. Ignoring the long name, this was an excellent pizza and one that I hope is a new addition to the Sal & Mookie’s menu.
When they said the pizza was served with Laughing Skull Amber Ale, all of the Vortex logos around Sal & Mookie’s began to make sense. Apparently, after a hiatus, the Atlanta Brewing Company again brews the house beer for The Vortex in Atlanta. It’s always nice to know the back story to what you’re drinking, especially if it involves Harley riders and not so subtle coercion.
With the dinner beginning to wind down, we moved on to our last savory dish, but first the beer.
Red Brick Ale, the brewery’s first beer from 1993 was paired with the best dish of the meal.
Black Pepper Brown Ale “Painted” Lamb Lollipops really stole the show. The glaze added a perfect peppery punch to the lamb and the lamb itself was an amazing medium rare/medium and tender as could be.
Of course a beer dinner just wouldn’t be complete without a dessert and a dessert like beer.
Well, I suppose the Red Brick Summer Brew, a hefeweizen is somewhat of a dessert beer.
It seemed odd to have a hefeweizen without a slice of citrus, but serving it with a Banana-Nutella Cream Tart is a interesting choice. I never have been a big fan of bananas and whipped cream, but this came with nutella and a good crust, Overall this tart was a great way to end the meal.
It doesn’t seem fair to compare this beer dinner to the Sam Adams beer dinner, at least that’s what I thought after hearing Bob Budd. Budd was very adamant about people supporting the Southern and local craft breweries and how the Southern brewers craft beer that’s more pleasing to the Southern palate, ie sweeter.
There was one annoying thing about the dinner, the missing beer. I had read about ABC’s Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter and was excited to try it. Of course,