For millions of people across the country, 7/11/11 was that one glorious day where free slurpees rain down from the heavens and the masses rejoice.
For those of us in Jackson, who are 7/11 deprived, Sal & Mookie’s offered solace from the oppressive July sun with a beer dinner. This time Jeff Good & Dan Blumenthal paired their culinary and marketing expertise with Leinenkugel and Blue Moon beers.
Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat was the first beer of the night
If you like approachable, honey flavored beers, this is right up your alley.
Third for the night was the Blue Moon that everyone knows, the Belgian White.
All it needed was a big orange slice.
Once again, a Sal & Mookie beer dinner produced an excellent salad. This time it was a salad of butter lettuce, watermelon, roasted sweet potatoes, gruyere, and pistachios in a orange-coriander vinaigrette. The idea of using the vinaigrette to carry the Belgian White’s orange was brilliant. I just hope that this salad actually appears on a menu instead of being a tease like every other brilliant beer dinner salad.
The next beer caught me by surprise
Over the past few years, I’ve had a few disagreements with the next beer, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.
If you like beer that's heavy on the lemon, this is right up your alley.
For dessert, we were served a very dessert like beer, Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss.
A Summer Fresh Berry Tart with Mascarpone-White Chocolate filling was paired with the Berry Weiss.
Even though this Leinenkugel & Blue Moon beer dinner was far from my favorite, the fruit heavy beers were a refreshing break from the 100 degree heat. On the whole, it was another quality production from Jeff Good, Dan Blumenthal and company. Now, it’s back to the waiting game for the next beer dinner.