|Guests enjoying Bavarian Bliss Hefeweizen appetizer |
at Terry B's Arbor Brewing beer dinner.
"Wine dinners are relatively easy," he says, "but beer dinners are a lot of fun because the many different flavors present much more of a challenge for pairing."
How did Chef handle the challenge? Read this long-overdue post with grainy, badly lit photos to find out.
|Course 1: Shrimp Corndog w/ strawberry jam, mint mustard, avocado puree|
Strawberry Blonde Ale
|Intermezzo: Raspberry Sorbet in Framboozled Barrel Aged Raspberry Ale|
|Course 3: Barbequed Pork Belly w/ German potato salad, pickled cabbage, sweet corn salad|
Arborealis Double IPA
|Course 4: Roast Amish Chicken w/ grilled sweet corn polenta, stewed squash, |
smoked tomato sesame jus
Red Snapper Ale
|Dessert: Pecan Caramel Fritter w/ Irish cream and raspberry cheesecake|
Espresso Love Breakfast Stout
If you've never been, Terry B's is ensconced in a big house in the old downtown area of Dexter, with an inviting adjoining deck area for outdoor dining when the weather cooperates. Although the bar has just four taps, Chef Doug is committed to keeping all of them devoted to Michigan beers only. He also said plans are underway to expand the taps to "at least eight." In the meantime, they have a nice bottle selection to complement the taps and, of course, if wine is your thing, an extensive wine list. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not note they make their own charcuterie, and if you're like this sausage-and-smoked-meat-loving dude (no gay jokes, please), this is a big deal. Doug's duck prosciutto, to take just one example, is to die for. They also select a lot of great cheeses to go with.
So if you're in or around Dexter or just looking to take a nice day trip from points further away, you can take this as a recommendation. I don't think you'll be disappointed. And keep your eyes and ears open for the next big event in August, a beer vs. wine dinner!