Beer 101 – Ladies Only! at Pig & Duke
Now I love my craft beer, I love food and I am in marketing and events as a career, needless to say, I love beer paring events. One thing I am not so versed on are ladies nights, I just generally don’t see the need for the segregation. Even my batchelorette party was not only “ettes.” It was combination with my now husband, and all our friends came along for bowling, go carting, laser tag, a scavenger hunt and then of course…beers.
I should have taken more pictures of the actual event, and better ones of the food at that, but I was so distracted by the good food, beer an conversation that I just didn’t get to it. The seating was family style, so we could chat with whomever was at our table which was nice. The event ran from 4:00pm – 7:00pm so good timing for bite-sized snacks and sipper size libations; not so much food that we forewent dinner, but enough that we were happy. The event was hosted by Neil Smithson and Derek Dinsdale of Trucraft Beverages and Graham Sherman of Tool Shed Brewery. Graham and Neal spoke about each pairing and shared some fun facts, and all three guys interacted with each table, answering questions, telling stories and the like. It was a great atmosphere and if there was a person not enjoying themselves, I sure didn’t see them!
Alright, on to the parings! Pig & Duke Head Chef Evan Robertson did a truly excellent job, not just with the food itself which was amazing, but with pairing it so seamlessly with its chosen beer mate. Each one was so cleverly matched or complimented, it was really impressive.
1/8 Tuna Tartar + Steamworks Pilsner
I’m not generally a fan of raw fish, a bit of a sushi wuss, I want to like it more than I do. I will eat it just or the sake of forcing my tastebuds to climatise, I feel like it’s working. This however was so well seasoned with refreshing soy and ginger that I actually loved it! The Pilsner was light and refreshing as to not overpower the fish and accompanied it very well.
2/8 Oysters + Tool Shed People Skills Cream Ale
I pride myself in not being a picky eater, but two things I just don’t eat are snails and raw oysters. I didn’t however, want to miss out on the pairing! So I cut a manageable piece from my oyster, put on a dollop of cucumber vinegar and ate it anyway. Then I gave the rest of mine to someone who would properly enjoy it! The smoothness of the cream ale was a nice balance for the oyster, very well done. Also, my non-beer drinking non-oyster eating lady date put me to shame by eating her oyster like a champ and making me look like a little girl.
3/8 Bruschetta + Steamworks Pale Ale
This pairing seemed quite simple, and it was, but pale ales aren’t generally too complex so a pretty classic bruschetta on crostini with balsamic glaze and fresh parmesan worked well with it. Steamworks makes an excellent pale ale, the kind you want to drink on a sunny hot day.
4/8 Duck Pizza + Tool Shed Belgium Dip
This was one of my favorites; the duck was well cooked and the mini “pizza” had red grapes and orka cheese which was delicious.Tool Shed’s Belgian Dip combines tropical mosaic and simcoe hops for a floral, hoppy and drinkable belgian style beer.