The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead and the upcoming World War Z have rekindled the nations appetite for scary zombies but what if it does occur? Are you prepared? If not, then the DieN’Isis: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Beer Pairing Dinner Workshop on December 9 is for you.
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing will host this 11th installment of the famed food & drink pairing series. According to the DioNicEss folks, “The inspiration for this iteration came while Beachwood BBQ chef Gabe Gordon was contemplating the seemingly imminent zombie apocalypse (seriously, it’ll only be a matter of time), and commented to DioNicEss founder Gev Kazanchyan how great it would be to host a zombie-themed beer pairing dinner, with all sorts of imaginative food that somehow related to the walking dead.”
The five-course themed dinner will cover the gamut of zombie phases from death, decomposition, reanimation, brains and then because even zombies would get bored of brains eventually, skeletal remains. There will even be a caffeinated “cure provided by the Portola Coffee Lab.
As good and as offal as the food will be, (you expect nothing less from Beachwood) the stars of the show will be the “similarly themed beers”. Each and every one brewed specifically with the food in mind coming from a powerhouse roster that includes Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Monkish Brewing Co., The Bruery, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, and the new on the scene Phantom Carriage Brewery (which will be talked about in future Food GPS posts).
And while you are enjoying the beer and your last days on a zombie-free earth you can listen to speakers from the worlds of pharmacology, neuroscience and forensics.
Tickets ($80 each) are very limited, and have been available for sale since November 10.
Your Beer of the Week comes from a brewery whose name is really hard to spell. Ouroboros is “an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail” and they make a hearty autumnal brown ale called Old Bar that will keep you coming back around for another one. According to their website, “The “Old Bar” was a pack of wild dogs that visited a drinking pond on Grams’ farm.” There is always a story behind a name. You can find it on tap and in bottles.
Your Homework is make fun of the fact that James Bond is drinking Heineken. Much like the “Most Interesting Man” drinking a very dull, mass marketed beer in complete contradiction of his title, having 007 with a green (probably skunked) bottle of Heineken is an affront to what author Ian Fleming wrote. May I suggest flooding the Skyfall Facebook and Twitter streams with better suggestions for someone with a license to kill?
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.