DBTB Episode 112: Chefs Talk About Beer Pairings and Perfect Menus

Notes from Host John Holl:

A well conceived and executed beer dinner is a wonderful thing. It is a combination of a chef’s creativity and a brewer’s best efforts coming together on one table. It is best paired with companions that are enthusiastic about flavor and exploration. 
One of the best beer dinners I’ve ever attended was at The Ruck, a great beer bar in Troy, New York. The chef at the time Rachel Mabb outdid herself course after course pairing with, and occasionally cooking with Allagash beer. 
She’s since left the restaurant and is now teaching culinary students at nearby Union College. It’s a great pleasure to have her on the show today. 
The same is true for Heather Hutton. She’s the pastry chef at Edmund’s Oast in South Carolina. I’ve been working on a new cookbook about beer and food pairing, and Heather was kind enough to share a recipe for a Tres Leche cake that just blew everyone away during the testing and writing phase of the project. Baking and beer are a lot alike and she has great insight. 
And Brandon Plyler is the brewery’s Advanced Cicerone and is doing a little bit of everything these days. He has keen insight into pairings, service, and has a respect for the classics are often overlooked. 
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