FLOWER MOUND – The first beer-pairing dinner of the year at Local Pint featured one of Dallas’ most popular “new” breweries, the Manhattan Project Beer Company.
Manhattan Project recently opened their own dedicated brewery and taproom in Dallas. The descriptor “new” is used only because they have been contract brewing their commercial products and building their brand locally for a couple of years now.
As per usual for these Local Pint events, the food and pairings were again outstanding. Of note among the beers was the first in Manhattan Project’s “small batch” series named Particles Collide, a much more refined and drinkable hazy IPA than their popular Half-Life.
First: House Charcuterie featuring capicola, mortadella, celery seed sour salami, smoked chicken liver paté with Cara Cara orange marmalade, pork rilettes with pickled mustard seeds, Boursin cheese, lavash, gnocco fritto, crispy chickpeas, marinated olives. Paired with Necessary Evil (German pilsner).
Second: Beef Tartine with dark cocoa marbled sourdough, beef garum aioli, shallot and malt jam. Paired with Plutonium-249 (coconut porter).
Third: Ricotta Gnudi with Bergamot butter poached crab, and sorrel and pignoli pesto. Paired with Half-Life Hazy IPA.
Fourth: 30-Hour Pork Collar with crispy lemon and herb rice, baby artichokes, chorizo, arugula and Santa Teresa lemonette. Paired with Particles Collide (alpha) Hazy IPA.
Fifth: Spiced Chocolate Torte with vanilla bean meringue, chocolate malt ganache and burnt cinnamon bark ice cream. Paired with Black Matter (coffee stout).