written by Matt Brasch
The Brewers Plate returns for its twelfth year this Sunday, and a sneak peak at the featured beer and food pairings leaves no doubt that the best of Philadelphia’s breweries and restaurants will be on display. As explained on brewersplate.com, “The Brewer’s Plate is the premier local beer and food pairing festival movement in Philadelphia—one of the first to introduce the region’s blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the concept…No other annual event maintains such an unwavering commitment to ‘buy fresh, buy local’ while bringing together our region’s outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers and guests.”
With close to 40 pairings available at the Kimmel Center this weekend, it will be difficult to pick a favorite! Here are several pairings that should definitely be on your list:
Bar Ferdinand will be serving a goat cheese, piquillo pepper and honey canape, and will be pairing them with Philadelphia Brewing’s “PHL Session IPA” and “Walt Wit,” in addition to Susquehanna Brewing Company’s “Hopcellerator” and “Southern Rye IPA.”
Victory Brewing Company will be treating us with food from their several new brewpubs. A mouthwatering sweet chili pork belly tortilla with sweet potato goat cheese mousse, red beet mostarda and brioche toast will be paired with their “Vital IPA” and “Helles Lager.”
Celebrating the “food to table” movement, Bobolink Dairy and McKenzie’s Brewhouse will tempt you with 100% grass-fed raw cow’s milk cheese and assorted wood fired rustic breads paired with “Llama Double IPA!” and “Leather and Chrome” nitro milk stout.
Bringing a triple threat to the event, Taproom on 19th, Forest & Main Brewing, and Bluebird Distilling are assembling a collaboration pairing. Taproom on 19th will serve smoked and braised pork sliders in a BlueBird Rye barbecue sauce with a maraschino cherry Manhattan Slaw; Forest & Main will pour their “A Live Lady”; and Blue Bird Distilling will craft a “Firebird” cocktail – made with habanero infused Bluebird Vodka, fresh squeezed lime, and a chipotle/cane sugar glass rim.
Not to be missed, Varga Bar plans to have braised short rib and ricotta ravioli, as well as a dessert of blueberry, Meyer lemon, and mascarpone cheesecake, which will be paired with 2SP Brewing’s “Coldcock,” and Evolution Craft Brewing Company’s “Lot 6 DIPA” and “Rise Up Coffee Stout.”
And these pairings are only the tip of the iceberg!
Tickets to Brewer’s Plate are still available and can be purchased here.
Like Matt’s favorite picks? Is there a pairing you’re even more excited for? Tweet him at @thebrewholder.