Anyone who follows Great Lakes Libations across the interweb knows my affinity for South Lyon’s Lake Street Tavern (www.lakestreettavern.com). So when I received word that one of my favorite Michigan breweries would be hosting a 5-course beer dinner at my beloved local watering hole, I immediately called a babysitter and circled Wednesday January 18th on my calendar with the fattest red marker I could find.
Shorts Brewing (www.shortsbrewing.com) is known for their numerous unique (and occasionally off-kilter) beers, so I was very interested to see which ones would be showcased alongside what was sure to be a top-notch menu courtesy of Lake Street’s top-notch chef. Here’s what they came up with:
First Course: Shrimp & crab cake paired with Spruce Pilsner
Second Course: Goat cheese & carmelized onion fritatta paired with Good Humans double brown ale
Third Course: Garlic shrimp & angel hair pasta paired with The Liberator double IPA
Fourth Course: Lamb ‘lollipops’ paired with Pontius Road Pilsner
Fifth Course: Chocolate-banana crepes paired with The Chocolate Wheat
The food was way better than I could’ve ever imagined, and the beers proved to be the perfect accompaniment. Scott Newman Bale was on site from Short’s to talk about the beers and answer questions, so I jumped at the chance to finally meet him in person. The Lake Street staff put on a dynamite event overall, and I can’t wait for the upcoming Founders dinner in March. Which reminds me – I’d better give my babysitter a call and then find where I put that big red marker…