Beer or bust this week in food


We're not even going to lie to you: If beer isn't your bag, this is the week to stay home. Practically every day is crammed with a beer dinner, pairing, sampling, or class on how to create the stuff yourself. Something about October must bring out everyone's inner brewmonster.

10/10 Brooklyn Brewing brewmaster Garrett Oliver is the host of the appropriately named Garrett Oliver Beer Dinner at Haute Dish, and these numbers are convincing: six courses, eight beers, and snacks to boot. Three of those eight beers promise to be Sorachi Ace, '07 Black Chocolate Stout, and '07 Monster. What's the cost of sitting at a table with the author of The Oxford Companion to Beer? A mere $75, and reservations for this 6 p.m. meal can be made by calling 612.338.8484.

10/12 Cheese and beer pairings at the Happy Gnome? Wisconsin is going to be pissed about this! From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. you can enjoy a social tasting and book signing by several authors, sample five beers (Flat Earth Cygnus X-1 Porter, Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison, Summit Octoberfest, Surly Bender, Schell Firebrick) and an assortment of cheeses from Carr Valley, Caves of Faribault, and more. Author Lucy Saunders of The Best of American Beer & Food and James Norton and Becca Dilley of Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin (and Heavy Table) will be on hand to guide you through your noshing. All this for $12! Tickets available online at

Of course, if you like your meals to be less cheese-centric you might want to check out the Lift Bridge Beer Dinner at Urban Eatery instead. Each of the five seasonal courses (including roasted squash, steamed mussels, and prime rib) will be complemented by five different beers. Tickets are $45 and can be reserved by calling 612.950.5000.

10/13 What do you get when you combine New Belgium beers, farm-to-table cuisine, and a discount for bicyclists? Hipster nirvana, folks. Enjoy! in Apple Valley is hosting a four-course dinner that is co-hosted by New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. Anyone who shows up on a bicycle gets $10 off the $65 price of entry. A cocktail reception gets things started at 5:30 with complimentary New Belgium beverages. The meal itself is game-themed, with quail, rabbit stew, and rack of wild boar in the lineup. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 952.891.6569.

10/15 Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies knows exactly what to do with the fall bounty of apples: make wine and hard cider. Learn all the tricks to creating these beverages yourself at this new class, which guarantees no apples go to waste. Class begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free.

Of course, what better way to end this beertastic week than with a beer festival? Where the Wild Beers Are is a festival dedicated to the wild and sour ales of this world. Republic hosts this unique event, which includes a sample of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge on draft, participation in a blending seminar, and prize drawings. Where the Wild Beers Are runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs just $10 (and sour/wild beer to share if you have it).

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