“The inspiration for this was an exploration of the nexus between beer and food,” says Firestone Walker rep Jace Milstead. “While wine has for years joined these two together successfully, it is only within the last few years, with pioneers like Garrett Oliver (of Brooklyn Brewing) and Sam Caligione (of Dogfish Head), where beer has been treated with the same respect as a fine wine, including the recognition as a perfect match for any number of foods.”
“When I think of the holidays, I think of beer and sweets shared with family,” adds Milstead. “What better way to celebrate my loves than to bring the two together.”
Milstead is bringing seasonal rarities like Velvet Merkin, Xantus, 13 and Walkers Reserve. Christine Hanson at Auntie Fruf’s Aahsome Fudge is bringing orange fudge and espresso fudge, and Eric Weston of Freshly Baked is contributing cookies. For $20, guests will get to taste each of the beers with a sample of the desserts.
Here are the pairings:
Nectar Ales Black Xantus, an Imperial Coffee Stout + Espresso Fudge
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, a 5.5% oatmeal stout + Your Mom, an oatmeal coconut chocolate chip, and I’m So Sconed, an oatmeal blueberry white & dark chocolate cookie
Pale 31, a 4.8% California Pale Ale + Orange Fudge and the
Tutti Fuity Oatgasm, a peach cranberry almond oat cookie
Firestone Walker’s Reserve + Nutty Bavarian, a peanut butter chocolate pretzel; Love Biscuit; and the Foamy Honey, a peanut butter chocolate pretzel
Firestone’s Anniversary Beer, 13, a blend of barrel aged beer +
Demolicious, a dark chocolate cherry cookie
All of the treats will be available for take home purchase. The first 50 people to participate receive a complimentary Firestone or Nectar Ales glass to take home.