I have been to many a beer/food/wine tasting events. I have also planned many of them in my non-blog life. Beer & Bites was probably the best one that I have ever attended. This dinner was a collaboration between Sweet Carrot & Cleveland-based brewery, Platform Beer Company. For $20, diners got a perfectly paired 5-course beer dinner with a pre-bought ticket.
When you arrived, you strolled right on up to the bar to get your menu ticket for the evening. At your own pace, you would pop back up to the bar once you were ready for the next course. They also limited the amount of tickets sold to a reasonable number so there was never a bottleneck. Hear that Columbus Underground?
Some of the items on the food menu were just a play on what Sweet Carrot already serves. But, some were elevated completely to pair with Platform Beer Co’s seasonal and standard brews. Their coveted Yammy Yammy definitely made an appearance. Chef Chuck Langstaff clearly put in some dedicated work to make this dinner superb.
The first bite was their anything but basic chicken meatball on top of a griddled jasmine rice “cake.” I LOVED this idea. It’s so simple and will be making it’s way into our kitchen shortly. I typically hate IPA’s but this one was particularly smooth when actually eaten with its pairing.
So apparently Sweet Carrot always has this cheese sauce and I’ve been living under a rock. They changed the recipe a bit by replacing some of the heavy cream with Platform Beer Co’s Palesner to make it a pretty tasty beer cheese. This dish was definitely my favorite of the night because I have a soft spot for anything smothered in homemade cheese dip. I mean, who doesn’t?
Alright, this was crazy smart. No, that isn’t a bun. It’s a BEIGNET. A sweet potato beignet being used as a bun. I wish I would have met the chef who decided to create this dish because I’d hug them. They took it a step forward and put brisket and crispy onion straws on top. Ugh, can we have this for dinner every night?
The last dish of the night was an ode to tomorrow’s food-focused holiday. Separately, I didn’t love each item but together, they create a pretty fabulous sandwich. It reminded me of the infamous post-Thanksgiving sandwich from Friends when Ross loses his cool. They paired it with the “secret” brew of the night — Bunny Pajamas!
This new brew is a gose , a style that’s been popping up lately. I loved it. It can be confused for a cider but it’s brewed just like a beer but left to “go” a little bit longer. Then, they add some salt to give it a sweet & salty taste. You can try it on draft from a few places around Columbus or grab a 4 pack from your favorite spot to buy beer.
And soon, you’ll be able to get all these brews and more at Platform’s new Tap Room! Opening up on December 12th, their new spot is 408 North Sixth Street in the Discovery District near Ballet Met. This spot used to be a Carfagna’s Meatpacking Facility which is pretty cool in my opinion. If this event is any indication of how their tap room will be, we’re pretty sure it will be pretty stellar.