Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Brewuniversity in Session at Central Market

Brewuniversity is now in session at Central Market and their hosting a variety of beer related events over the next few weeks including hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and beer dinners where you can learn how to incorporate beer into recipes, enjoy meals paired with local craft beers or simply learn more about craft beer in general.

The Sip & Stroll takes place on Thursday, September 12th from 5:00pm ~ 8:00pm ($10 w/ commemorative beer glass) and allows you to casually work your way through stations spread throughout the store.  Stop and sample the unique beer and food pairing at each station and learn more about why they were paired together.

Beer dinner featuring beers from Karbach Brewing on Saturday, September 14th at 6:30pm ($65).  This six course meal features the following dishes and beer pairings:

•Mussels steamed in Sympathy Lager
•Karbachtoberfest Beer Battered Fish with fresh Cole Slaw
•Roasted Salmon, Roshambo Belgium IPA Butter Sauce and Sautéed Spinach
•Hopidillo Marinated Shrimp Tacos
•Spicy Seared Tuna over Scallion Sticky Rice with a Three Chile Vinaigrette and Rodeo Clown
•Cherries of Fire Ice Cream Sandwiches.

If you'd like to learn how to cook with beer as well as tips on pairing beer with different dishes, then you might enjoy their Beer - It's What's For Dinner class on Wednesday, Sept 18th at 6:30pm ($65).  You'll actually get your hands dirty making and then enjoying:

•Cheese-stuffed Jumbo Shrimp with Bacon served with a Farmhouse Ale
•Jicama, Apple, Fennel, Sweet Pepper & Orange Salad with Hard Cider & Mint Vinaigrette served with an Apple Ale
•Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel & Portobello Mushroom Risotto served with American Porter
•Winter Warmer of Spiced Pumpkin & Cranberry Muffins served with Winter Strong Ale.

Most people have heard about pairing cheese with wine, but how about with beer?  The Artisanal Cheeses Paired with Craft Beers class will teach you exactly that. Janet Fletch, author of Cheese & Beer, will lead you through an evening of sampling American craft cheeses paired with local American craft beers on Thursday, Sept 19th at 6:30pm ($50).  I actually already have a copy of her book and I think it's excellent.  Cheese and beer pairings include:

•Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower with Mozzarella Company Mozzarella
•North Coast Brewing Le Merle with Vermont Butter & Cheese Cremont
•Green Flash Hop Head Red with Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Toma
•Ommegang Abbey Ale with Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise
•Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
•Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout with Point Reyes Bay Blue

Representatives from a variety of local and national craft breweries will also be in store to pour samples and talk about their beer at various day and times.  Check the events calendar for a complete listing of breweries and days, but a few local Texas breweries includes:

Karbach - Sept 11th, 13th & 18th @ 4pm ~ 7pm
No Label - Sept 13th @ Noon ~ 3pm
Independence - Sept 14th @ 11am ~ 2pm
Rahr - Sept 19th @ 4pm ~ 7pm
Real Ale - Sept 19th @ 4pm ~ 7pm

For more information about these and other classes and to make reservations, please see the Central Market Houston Cooking School website.

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