Fork meets Brewer: 8 course craft beer and food degustation

Published: Wed 28 Aug 2013 12:01 PM
Fork meets Brewer: 8 course craft beer and food degustation
Fork meets Brewer was a sumptuous eight course beer and food degustation at the Fork & Brewer which was held as part of Wellington’s Choice Beer Week.
It was hosted by Chef Anton Legg and beer writer and F & B director Neil Miller. The pair also designed the menu and the matches.
The aim was to showcase in-house beers, local beers, brewing products used as ingredients, classic pub food and dishes which had sadly fallen out of favour over time. The menu was:
Course 1: Creole corn chowder with smoked eel
Matched with Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black
Course 2: Scallop wrapped in prosciutto with black pudding with American oak pale ale hollandaise
Matched with Croucher Low Rider
Course 3: Asian 3 way dim sim selection
Matched with Fork & Brewer Base Isolator
Course 4: Venison and prune terrine
Matched with Fork & Brewer Dark Vader
Course 5: Anton Legg Barmite Special
Matched with Kereru Moonless Stout
Course 6: Corned beef marquee with mustard sauce, cabbage & carrots
Matched with Northend ESB
Course 7: Port Salut cheese with ginger syrup and dried pear
Matched with Chimay White
Course 8: Banana Cake with almond praline, milk chocolate mousse with vanilla mascarpone and caramel sauce
Matched with Fork & Brewer Storm Chaser
Neil has written a “behind the scenes” blog post over at Beer and Brewer where he explains the thinking behind each dish and what they were looking to achieve with the beer matches. (
A very different perspective of the same event is provided by Chris Park from NZ Style Collective.
He carefully blogs and beautifully photographs every course. ( Chris is not a craft beer nerd so his reactions to each combination are honest and interesting. It is well worth a read.
Diners on the night really enjoyed the experience and Fork & Brewer is already planning a few more special degustations.

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