Good food, good beer, and good people: That's what Brooklyn Brewery's Mash is all about. Sometimes it's hard to explain the way in which food draws communities together. Whether it's for sustenance or entertainment, food is -- more often than not -- the tie that binds. When you factor beer into the equation, you have a brand new, vastly more exciting ballgame. Last week New York's premier craft brewer came to town, bringing a series of food- and beverage-centric events. In conjunction with several key players in the Twin Cities food, beverage, and art scenes, they put together the first-ever Twin Cities Mash, a week's worth of events celebrating the vibrant collision of East Coast meets Midwest cultures.
We had the opportunity to hook up with the Brooklyn crew and friends for two of their culinary-driven events, a mid-week beer dinner with Chef Landon Schoenefeld and crew over at Haute Dish and a Sunday Slow Supper featuring Sea Change's Jamie Malone. Both meals were prepared and presented in the local chefs' signature styles and came harmoniously paired with a variety of Brooklyn Brewery's craft brews.
Wednesday's event, hosted at Haute Dish, was a fantastically casual gathering where a smattering of local folks mixed it up with our guests from Brooklyn, tasting a variety of specialty craft beers. One of their newest offerings, the Silver Anniversary Lager, was released this year to celebrate 25 years in the craft brew business. Sunday's Slow Supper was graciously hosted by the good folks at the Soap Factory and featured not only great food and beer, but also a collection of thought-provoking, conversation-starting modern art installations.
Each menu featured a small sampling of the local chefs' specialty dishes. Haute Dish presented their General Tso's Sweetbreads paired with Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Kriek, a rich lambic style beer utilizing German sour cherries and their classic Tater Tot Hot Dish paired with the Brooklyn Local 1. Other dishes on the menu included a unique take on a chilled carrot and ginger soup, a display of various rabbit preparations, and a delicious sweet corn fritter.
Sea Change's Jamie Malone presented her classic shaved abalone dish which paired nicely with Brooklyns Sorachi Ace, a beer made using a special variety of Japanese hops and her tremendous tender grilled octopus which was also paired with Brooklyn's Local 1. Malone also presented a special decadent pasta dish featuring a sweat bread-filled tortellini swimming in a broth of roasted cauliflower and locally grown hen of the woods mushrooms. Other items making appearances on the menu included langoustines bathed in a hot lobster oil and a decadent chocolate cremeux. The proceeds from Sunday's Slow Supper are going to support The Land Stewardship Project, a local organization dedicated to the preservation of sustainable farm land.
Each event was a pure celebration of community as represented by thoughtful food, whimsical beers, and good solid company. Other Mash events throughout the week featured author readings of craft beer books, a found footage festival, various additional beer tastings, a farmers market workshop, and a good old fashioned dance party.
We wish we could have made it out to all of the events, but we salute all of the people from Brooklyn Brewery who brought this thing to fruition. Here's to hoping our East Coast visitors had a good enough time to keep us in their thoughts for next year. We'd love to have them back for a round two, three, and four.