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Next week: Mardi Gras Dinner at Local Gastropub in Memphis

March 02, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

Madi Gras Dinner at Local GastropubMemphis’ “Beer Guy” Steve Barzizza is hosting another beer dinner — this one on Fat Tuesday at Local Gastropub Downtown.

The Mardi Gras Dinner on March 8 will feature five courses, each paired with a beer from Louisiana’s Abita Brewery.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call 901-473-9593 to make reservations.

Here’s the menu:

Reception
Abita S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) Pilsner, 7% ABV

Appetizer
BBQ Fried Oysters with creamy mascarpone grits, paired with Abita Andygator, 8% ABV

Salad
Creole Caesar salad with cornmeal grits and tasso ham with spicy Caesar dressing, paired with Abita Jockamo IPA, 6.5% ABV

Entree
Blackened 8 oz. filet with sweet potato hash, caramelized onion and crawfish demi-glaze, paired with Abita Amber, 4.5% ABV

Dessert
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, paired with Abita Abbey Ale, 8% ABV

Beer, wine face off in ‘Grain v. Grape’ dinner in Memphis

February 17, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

Grape v. Grain dinnerBeer and wine go head-to-head in a special dinner Feb. 24 at the Brushmark Restaurant in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The “Grain v. Grape” dinner, hosted by Steve Barzizza of Southwestern Distributing, will feature four courses, each paired with a beer and a wine. You get to decide whether the beer or wine is the better pairing.

Chefs Wally Joe and Andrew Adams will be preparing the food, with beer pairings by Southwestern’s Michael Barzizza and wine pairings by Jason Doble from Trinchero Family Estates.

The beers to be served — ’cause that’s really all we’re interested in at FuzzyBrew — are North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Barbar Honey Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Gulden Draak and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

To see the full menu for the dinner, as well as the wine selections, check out the events page on memphisbeersandwines.com.

Cost is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 544-6225 to RSVP.

Belgian Beer Tasting at Cafe Society

January 15, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

On Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a “Belgian Beer Tasting” at Cafe Society in Midtown, hosted by “Beer Guy” Steve Barzizza, of Southwestern Distributing.

Belgian Beer TastingCost is $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes cheese and fruit. Small plates are available for an extra $7 each.

The featured beers are:

Grimbergen Blonde
Duvel Belgian Ale
Westmalle Dubbel
Gouden Carolus Triple
Lindemans Peche

With the exception of Duvel, I’m not familiar the beers, but they all rate highly on BeerAdvocate.

To RSVP, e-mail cafe@society01.comcastbiz.net or call 722-2177.

Has anyone attended one of these tasting events? If so, what are they like?