GRAIN BREWERY TAKES PART IN FOOD AND BEER MATCHING EVENT
The Ship Inn at Weybourne plays host to Michelin-starred menu on 5 March 2012
Norfolk's leading micro-brewery Grain, is putting the growing interest of food and beer matching into practice, by teaming up with Michelin-starred chef Richard Bainbridge for an event hosted by The Ship Inn in Weybourne.
With the second tranche of accredited Beer Sommeliers announced this month by the Beer Academy, Grain is experimenting with flavours to help restaurateurs recommend real ales to their diners, accompanying courses in the same way as wines are matched.
As part of this initiative, on 5 March 2012, pub landlord Terry Rayner is bringing in Grain Brewery's Phil Halls and Michelin-starred chef Richard Bainbridge of Morston Hall, to host an intimate Beer and Food Matching event at The Ship Inn. The occasion will explore the possibilities, and unique advantages, of partnering real ales with gourmet cuisine.
The menu will consist of six courses, paired with carefully selected Grain ales to compliment the flavours of each dish. Guests will see and experience the different malts and hops of the beers whilst dining, and will be then asked to provide feedback at the end of the evening.
"For me, beer and food matching used to mean a packet of pork scratchings and a pint of bitter, but after working with Richard and Terry, I see that combining the right flavours can really enhance the diner's experience,", says Phil Halls, Joint-Founder of Grain.
"The love of fine food and good beer has always been a great passion of mine. To have the opportunity to bring the two together on a night like this is only possible with the help of Terry, The Ship's Landlord, and the finest brewery in East Anglia, Grain, because a craftsman is only as good as his tools. I feel very proud to be part of this evening celebrating the best of Norfolk and I look forward to seeing you there," says Michelin-starred chef Richard Bainbridge.
"For me this is something I have been championing for years I strongly believe Norfolk is home to both the best beer and produce the country has to offer, it would be an offence not to marry them up," says Terry Rayner.
An example of what the evening has to offer is a lightly smoked saddle of Norfolk horn lamb, tomato jam, salt baked celeriac, puree haricot beans and light lamb jus matched with a glass of Grain's Best Bitter, voted by CAMRA as Champion Beer of Norfolk for 2011.
The event will also explore how beer can be used in haute cuisine. One such dish to be included on the menu is a Grain Blonde Ash sorbet, designed by the kitchen team at The Ship Inn - a simple blend of Grain beer, sugar with a touch of Richard's wizardry.
Tickets for the food and beer matching evening at The Ship, Weybourne on Monday 5 March 2012 cost £45. For table bookings please contact The Ship Inn 01263 588721.
For more information about Grain Brewery, please visit www.grainbrewery.co.uk.
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About Grain Brewery
Situated in the Waveney Valley area of Norfolk, Grain's backdrop includes a tranquil river and miles of stunning views across the richest farmland in England. The brewery is located on South Farm using a converted dairy as its brewhouse and cellars. Grain sells cask beer to local pubs, and bottles to farm shops, delis, hotels and restaurants, as well as further afield into the neighbouring counties and London. Grain has left behind the usual baggage associated with real ale, and its beers are enjoyed by a younger market of both sexes, as well as appealing to all who love great beer. Grain is not afraid to push the boundaries and break tradition by experimenting with new flavours and foreign beers styles, such as its cloudy Belgian style witbier Blonde Ash, and the gloriously grapefruity ruby red beer Redwood. Grain has won numerous awards, such as the coveted Champion Beer of Norfolk in 2011 from CAMRA, bronze in the strong bitter category for Champion Beer of Britain and overall champion winner at SIBA's 2011 East beer competition. Grain is actively involved in Norwich's City of Ale festival as well as holding its own annual Summer Festival at the brewery with a great range of beers and dancing until dusk. Group tours are also available at the brewery which includes learning about brewing, experiencing the malt and hops whilst tasting a range of beer styles.