Friday, April 29, 2011

Recap: Beer and Food Truck Pairing at Liberty Station

Beer dinners have been popping up everywhere around Houston lately, but Liberty Station deviated last night from the typical format by hosting one that combined Texas breweries with local food trucks. Each food truck was paired with a brewery and created two dishes that were prepared and served with a different beer from that brewery. Menu cards indicated the specific pairings and it was up to the participates to go to the food truck to get the dish and the bar to get the beer it was paired with. It was a fun change from the more formal setting of most beer dinners, but I missed having the explanation about the food and beer that typically accompanies each course as its being served. It would have been great if the food trucks had had the opportunity to present and explain their food and pairings, but that would have been a little difficult under this format unless they did it before they all started serving. Nevertheless, it was a great event and the food was fantastic. Here are the pairings that were offered:

Good Dog Hot Dogs with Independence
Freestyle (American Wheat) - Sunshine dog with cream cheese, dill relish and picked red onion
Stash (IPA) - Chili dog with chili that was prepared with Stash

Zilla Street Eats with Real Ale
Rio Blanco (Pale) - Braised short ribs with smoked gouda mac & cheese
Phoenixx (Double ESB) - Sorbet that was made using Phoenixx

H-Town StrEATs with Southern Star
Bombshell (Blonde) - Pork tacos with green apple slaw
Buried Hatched (Stout) - Hatchet marinated wings with sauce

Some of the highlights for me was the Freestyle with the sunshine dog and the pulled pork tacos with Bombshell. The sorbet from Zilla was a great finishing course and very unique as it actually had a hop bitterness in the flavour.

Liberty Station station is no stranger to food trucks as there is usually one parked out front. With the large patio and open area in front of the bar, it was the perfect location for this type of event. Hopefully this was just the first of what will be many beer and food trucking pairing events. And with the number of Texas breweries and food trucks continuing to increase, it would be pretty easy to have completely new truck and brewery pairings each time.

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