Saturday, January 14, 2017
Hopewell Brewing - Monday Night Dinner with Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits
Hopewell Brewing, with food provided by Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits. Most beer dinners are done by a restaurant to feature a brewery and Hopewell Brewery doesn't have a kitchen, so this was a little unusual. Hopewell is planning on doing a dinner series, inviting different restaurants to work with them, so that should be a lot of fun. The taproom at Hopewell Brewing is big and open with a high ceiling and communal tables (in addition to the bar which was not used for the dinner). The front of the space has floor to ceiling windows which were covered with shades for the evening and the brewing tanks are in the back and can be seen trough a window in the taproom wall. Things started out immediately after we checked in. there was a plate of Pastry Crust with a Champagne Foam on top. It was a one bite wonder with a very tender and flaky crust and a light tangy foam. With the pastry square we were served our first beer. Called Clover Club, it was a Wild Raspberry Beer made with Gin Botanicals. It was sour with a nice raspberry flavor and bitter from the botanicals. It was very red and also very clear, and it wasn't something that you might want to drink quickly.
This dinner was a lot of fun. The food wasn't incredibly elaborate and was in fact pretty common in kitchens around the Midwest, it was done very well and went well with the good, but simple beers served by Hopewell. I made sure to add myself to their email list so I know when they do another dinner.