Born in Denton Beer Dinner

DENTON – The first all-Denton style collaborative beer pairing dinner, featuring beers by the three current Denton craft brewers: Armadillo Ale Works, Denton County Brewing and Barley & Board.

Overall, it was a fairly simple yet elegant menu (nothing that could not have been prepared by a proficient home cook). However, the selection, preparation and thoughtful pairing elevated the night as one of the better beer-pairing dinners I’ve experienced.

First: Curried crab cake spoons, a fried crab fritter on a bed of green curry sauce in an Asian soup spoon. Paired with Boys Down the Hill, a collaboration session IPA brewed by all three local brewers.

Second: Prosciutto-wrapped pear wedges with goat cheese, hazelnuts and honey. Paired with Armadillo Honey Please.

Third: Chicken liver mousse on grilled sourdough with pickled beets and arugula. Paired with Denton County Blueberry Fortune.

Fourth: Slow-roasted pork belly with a mango and red pepper purée. Paired with Denton County Home Grown Hero.

Fifth: Seared duck breast with celeriac pure and a blackberry balsamic reduction. Paired with Armadillo Quakertown Stout.

Sixth: Roasted apple with champagne foam, white chocolate sauce and crushed pistachios. Paired with Barley & Board Champagne Ale.

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