I was invited by the Head Chef of Dubh Linn Gate to attend this month’s special beer dinner with Driftwood Brewery. It was a four course meal with beer pairing from Driftwood Brewery. This interior of this Irish Pub is a bit different than the other pubs that I have been to before. Quite spacious with two floors, this Irish Pub is located on the ground floor of a new building in the Main Street area, just a block or so away from the Main Street skytrain station, a convenient point of transportation for those choosing not to drive. The artwork, decorations and paintings on the walls creates a very rustic feel to this place, kind of like going back in time.
Our first course was apple and celeriac and apple soup with walnut, confit garlic and toast. The beer has a funny name: Cry me a River Gose. This was my second favourite beer of the evening. Was so light, refreshing and citrusy that I didn’t feel like I was drinking beer at all. It has something in it that makes you keep wanting more. The soup was very earthy and warming, I like the apple and celeriac mixture here, hearty but light at the same time.
The second course was the smoked chicken orchard salad, autumn vegetables, apples and a cider dressing. The beer pairing was the Farm Hand Saison. The salad is phenomenal! The smoked chicken was super flavourful and the meat was tender, all the elements on the dish seemed to play well together. I liked how the Chef turned the piece of apple into a chip and added the crunchy element to the salad.
The third course was the Main Street Meatloaf: yorkshire pudding, and apple pork gravy paired with Fat Tug IPA. The meatloaf was quite light, I was expecting a dense chunk of meat but this was very different and dipped into the apple pork gravy, complete flavour explosions! The yorkshire pudding was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way I like it!
Last course was dessert and it was the apple and cranberry crumble with crooked coast beer ice-cream paired with White Bark Witbier. Beer with dessert? This was definitely a first for me! The beer inside the dessert, another first! The result: Pretty darn good, I’m no beer drinker but this comfort dessert dish was nicely paired with the beer, the beer icecream was devoured fast too. The Chef said this dessert is very simple to make, the crumble was made from equal parts flour, almonds, brown sugar and butter and the fruit you wish to add! The White Bark Witbier beer was super light and was my favourite for the night! It was almost like drinking an apple citrus spritzer. The beer itself was almost a clear color and paired nicely with the apple crumble.
I liked how interactive the Beer Dinner was. There was a representative from Driftwood Brewery who explained what each beer we were tasting was, the ingredients and flavours. The Chef also went around to each table and was there to ask any questions and also explain the dishes. Such a great concept to include and who would have thought an Irish Pub would have such creative and tasteful dishes?
Don’t miss out on the next Autumn feast beer dinner. It’s on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30pm and will feature Parallel 49 beer!