I believe craft beer is a fabulous accessory to food. When the right beer is paired with the right dish, wonderful things happen. Furthermore, I like using the word furthermore and I love a good food and beer pairing event.
Many restaurants and food trucks are adding lines to their menus to suggest a complimentary beer for each entree, in the same way that many other restaurants have been suggesting a complimentary wine for decades. Furthermore, some restaurants have been created entirely inspired by Beer pairing, for example, The Brew Project.
Food and Beer pairing events are popping up all over San Diego — restaurants, private residences, breweries.
Recently I was able to attend a food truck beer pairing event at Mike Hess Brewery in North Park. The featured food truck was Zoe’s Place. Zoe’s Place specializes in seafood, tacos, traditional Mexican food, and smoothies.
For the first course we had El Diablo Mahi-Mahi Taco paired with Claritas — a crisp and authentic German-style beer, featuring light fruit-like aromatics, along with those from the malt and hops. Malt sweetness is balanced by enough hop bitterness to end with a dry, clean finish – click here to see more. The clean crisp finish went well with the taco. Interestingly enough it is also known to pair well with mashed potatoes and bratwurst.
For the second course we had Carne-Asada Fries paired with Ficus — a dark Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with organic, locally grown San Diego, organic Brown Turtle figs. Aromas of dark sugar, figs, dates, and molasses with the classic Belgian, estery profile from the use of an authentic yeast strain. – click here to see more. I am not normally a saison nor fig fan, but this beer was delicious. I ordered a second one before the third course came out.
Lastly, we were served a Camaron Quesadilla with the Grapefruit Solis — a variation of the Solis Occasus (Sunset/West Coast), every batch is a unique San Diego-style IPA, always 7.5%, hop-forward, bone-dry, light-colored and sure to satisfy craft fans and hop heads – click here to see more. I love grapefruit infused IPAs and this one did not disappoint. This beer would be a good addition to many dishes, more so than the Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point which completely overpowers your taste buds so that your food disappears.
A great experience, as always. Thank you Amanda, Zoe’s Place, and Mike Hess Brewery.
Hope to see Zoe’s Place tacos at Tacotopia. We’ll be there!