Paired beer dinner has impressive lineup

Interesting craft beers and a well-designed five-course meal. How much better could life get?

I received word from the good folks at the Madison County tourism bureau about this paired beer dinner to be held 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Blue Barbecue in Chittenango. The dinner is part of the 15th annual Hop Fest celebrations, and it sounds incredible.

Let there be hops

The five-course meal has been designed by Blue Barbecue’s chef and owner, Bob Enick, and there will be beers from Landmark Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Southern Tier, and DogFish Head.

Here is the lineup:

The first course is DogFish Festina Peche steamed clams with garlic, Dijon mustard, and heavy cream.

Batting second is a mesclun salad with tomatoes, crumbly bleu, smoked almonds, and Southern Tier Raspberry vinaigrette.  

Up third  is Brooklyn Lager braised pulled pork cannelloni with smoked gouda lager cheese sauce, and fried leeks.

In the cleanup slot is  Grilled Baby Tenderloin, served with beer and bacon mashed potatoes, crimini mushrooms, and Brooklyn Brown Ale Steak Sauce.

And the grand finale is the Landmark Vanilla Bean triple chocolate cake with vanilla bean syrup.

Wow, that’s a lineup that would make the Bronx Bombers proud.

Jim Walter, executive director of  Madison County Tourism,  points out that tickets are limited, so it is a good idea to reserve your seat now.  Tickets are $45 and can be ordered at, sending a check payable to the Madison County Historical Society, or by contacting  Blue Barbecue.

The next day, Sept. 18, there is a Taste of Hops food and beer pairing at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida. You can stroll the grounds from noon to 2 and sample beers and food items from Blue Barbecue, Johnnie’s Pier 31, Someplace Else, The Colgate Inn, Ye Olde Landmark Tavern, and Zabroso. Only 150 tickets ($15 advance/$20 door) are available, so hit the MCHS website or visit participating locations to order yours now.

A beer sampling then will be held from 2:30 to 5:30. Those tickets run $25 advance/$30 door.

For more information about the  Hop Fest visit this site:

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