Usually the beer dinners that the Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, puts on involve one or two specific brewers. But this next one will feature the beers of a single country, and one that you don’t ordinarily think of — France. But while largely unknown, there are some very good beers there made by some very small brewers. Here’s a chance to try some of them, and have some great food to boot. It will be a four-course dinner and well worth the $80 price of admission. It will be held at the Cathedral Hill Hotel on Saturday, September 21, 2007, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Call 415.674.3406 for reservations by September 13.
Reception: 6:30 PM
Beer Chef’s Hors D’Oeuvre
Beer: Thiriez Extra and Jenlain St. Droun
Dinner: 7:30 PM
Sea Scallops in Fennel Nage
Beer: Thiriez Blonde
Composed Salad of Wild Mushrooms, Summer Vegetables, Duck Ham and Watercress
Beer: La Choulette Le Sans Cullottes
Loin of Rabbit with Bone Marrow Ravioli and Onion Apple Gratin
Poached Pear with Flan of Fromage Explorateur
Beer: St. Sylvstre Gavroche
Les Sans Culottes from Brasserie Les Choulette, is one the beers that will be served. It’s a Biere de Garde style beer and the label is a detail from the iconic Eugene Delacroix painting Liberty Leading the People that hangs in the Louvre. Late last year, the State of Maine tried to ban it because they thought the label might offend the delicate sensibilities of its citizens.
Dinner with the Brewmaster: The Beers of France
Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California
415.674.3406 [ website ]