Lagunita’s Beer Dinner

 

About a month ago, On Monday, April 7th Andrew and I headed to LJ’s  in Hagerstown for an amazing Lagunita’s 6 course beer dinner! Andrew’s birthday is April 11th so we decided to celebrate a few days early at the beer dinner.

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Each sampling of Lagunita’s beer was paired with a very unique dish.

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The first course was a creamy dip that tasted like hummus. The chips were sprinkled with cumin! The beer that went with this dish was the Lagunita’s Pilsner…it was a great start!

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Next up was my favorite pairing of all…the beer was a “Little Sumpin” that reminded me of a summer drink on the beach…paired with “Fish and Chips”…not the typical fish and chips…Halibut with capers and some wonton crisps on top.

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Next up was the “Braised Pork Belly Rueben”…I am now starting to become obsessed with Ruebens. Lagunita’s paired their “Censored” beer with this dish.

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The “Curried Chickpea Fritter” was a crispy twist on the “hush puppy”…I forget what was underneath the fritters. This was paired with Lagunitas classic IPA. (They were so classy serving our beer in wine glasses:)

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Our last entrée of the evening was the “Steak and Taters”…for the taters they souffléd sweet potato…anything with sweet potato I am ALL for! This was paired with a cappuccino Stout (I am sure my mom is cringing right now!)…This was probably my least favorite of the beer, but a little tasting was perfect.

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And last but not least was the “desert” that had me so intrigued…it was called G3…Grapefruit three ways…It was a “grapefruit” flavored sponge cake, a creamy grapefruit flavored icing, and on top is a piece of grapefruit flavored gelatin! I am usually not a grapefruit fan but this desert was really different and delicious! Always fun to try new stuff. This was paired with the Hop Stoopid Ale which was great together.

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All in all the dinner was a great experience and a great way to try lots of different cuisines and beers. My favorite beer was the Lagunita’s Little Sumpin’ which I plan on drinking by the pool or on the beach!

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