|Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station|
Brewing Master, Kris Ketcham
June 17, 2013
On Thursday, June 13th, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza in Liberty Station teamed up with Stone Brewing Co. for a continuation of its monthly Beer Master Dinner series, featuring 4 courses of Sammy's original dishes paired with selections from Stone's line up of renown brews ($40 with tax and tip include). Although not in attendance, Stone's resident cicerone and affionado of all things beer and food, Dr. Bill Sysak, lined up the pairings, which were presented by Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station Head Brewing Master, Kris Ketcham. The night was filled with surprises, new friends were made, and we all got good and tipsy while stuffing our face with a dance of liquid & solid deliciousness. Read on!
lengthy menu, with vegan options conveniently marked with a circular V icon (also adorning choices where the dishes can be made vegan). He chose the red quinoa salad, a mixture of golden beets, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, wild arugula, parsley, almonds, mint, scallions, citrus chili vinaigrette and quinoa. Sammy's has a reputation for offering amazing salads, and this certainly didn't disappoint, as it was heaping and filled with fresh flavors. Though, we may (or may not?!) have made a faux-paux with our hijacking of the shishitos' ginger-miso sauce as a preferred dressing. His veg replacements may not have matched ideally with our beer pairings, but a lush perseveres!
Sammy's has been hosting a beer master's dinner once a month for the past three months, and plan on continuing as they secure new beer partners. The dinners provide a great way for Sammy's to highlight the locally-brewed craft beers they serve while creating a unique experience for guests, encouraging them to try dishes they may not have ordered in the past, and beer choices that may otherwise feel unapproachable. These dinners are also demonstrative of how craft beer pairs with meals just as well, if not better, than wine. The dinners offer a refreshingly communal experience, as guests are seated at a long table and food is served majorly family style.
For more information on Sammy's Woodfired Pizza and the Beer Master Dinners, visit Sammy's online at sammyspizza.com, follow on Facebook and Twitter, and stop by one of their many San Diego locations. For our beer fans and those intrigued, we also highly recommend you become familiar with the lovely folks at Stone Brewing Co.