Fork is rapidly becoming one of my favorite neighborhood dinners. There normal menu is pretty good, but the chef here is also very creative and is able to come up with a menu that is both local, seasonal, and pairs well with what the diners are drinking. I recently attended a benefit dinner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that Fork held with several local and regional breweries. The dinner was held in the side dining room where I had previously dined. We were seated this time at a long table in the middle of the room and has been the case in many instances, we were seated with industry people. After seeing the number of industry people at the dinner though, it really wasn't a huge surprise. We were served a six or seven course meal (depending on whether you counted the food or beer courses) and five of the seven breweries sent representatives and we were seated with two of them (as well as a wine distributor that was just there to enjoy the dinner). As I said depending if you counted the beer or the food, we were served a six or seven course meal. We were served one more beer than food course although the first beer served, Half Acre Golden Tuna Pale Ale, very definitely has a food name. It is a sessionable American Pale Ale at 4.7% ABV with a clear golden color and flavors of citrus, pineapple, floral, and pine. It was light, crisp, something you could drink all day, and a nice start.
Revolution Bottom Up Wit, a local Belgian-style Wit with flavors of orange and coriander, which went well with both scallops and burgers.
10-Ninety Pink Tie Saison, a golden Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale with part of the proceeds already going for cancer research.
Atlas Rookery Rye IPA. The salmon filet was pressed into the rye and pan fried until crisp. Salmon, Rye, and Gastriques all have strong flavors, but while they were all there, they played together nicely. The salmon was distinctively salmon, but without a fishy flavor. The gastrique provided some tartness with the bay leaf adding some herbal flavoring that paired well with the rye and the rye provided some sweetness without the typical rye bitterness. The Atlas Rye IPA was bitter as an IPA will be with citrus and floral hop flavors and a dry finish.
New Holland Carhartt Woodsman Barrel Aged Pale Ale, a sessionable (4.4% ABV) Pale Ale made with Michigan Cascade Hops with a malt sweetness and a nice oak flavor.
Arcade Brewery Mega Milk Stout an oatmeal milk stout with creamy chocolate and coffee flavors that amazingly well with everything.
Tyranena Balling the Queen Honey IPA, an seasonal Imperial IPA (9% ABV, 100 IBU) with a citrus flavor and a very bitter finish. It was a great finish to a very good dinner for a very good cause. I enjoyed the food, beer, and company and will happily return for their next beer dinner.