Beer Events: From Ales to Fromage, a Nojo Dinner, and Beerunch


Some of the beers at Beerunch. Photo by Tchell DePaepe.

On Wednesday September 19th, master cicerone Rich Higgins and beer expert Heather Castro will be kicking off their new beer series, From Ales to Fromage. This first event will be at ~PICCINO~ and will be focused on the farm. Specifically, there will be six farmhouse ales and three cheeses, with pairings to highlight their rustic flavors. Piccino’s wine and beer guy, James Butler, will be on hand along with Higgins and Castro to guide sippers along, and there will also be some little bites provided by Piccino’s pastry chef, Michaela Hug-Nelson. If you can’t make the event, you can still try out the pairings because Piccino will keep them as their rotating chalkboard special for two weeks after the event. Tickets are $45, all inclusive, and the event will take place from 5:30pm-7pm.

Higgins and Castro will continue their From Ales to Fromage pairing series on Thursday November 8th at ~PUBLIC HOUSE~ called “East vs. West,” and Friday January 25th, the series will continue at ~THIRSTY BEAR BREWING CO.~. Details on both these events are spare, but you can check back at Rick Higgins’ website for emerging information.

For an exceptionally locally-sourced beer experience, head over to ~NOJO~ on Monday September 24th for a beer pairings dinner with Almanac Beer Co.. They are both folks that take their farm products seriously (nojo even means farm in Japanese), so this should be a good match-up. Almanac’s co-founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan will be in attendance, chatting about their beers, as will Nojo’s chef Greg Dunmore. On the menu will be five courses, including some dishes not normally on the Nojo menu, like nikujaga, a Japanese-style pot roast, which will be paired with Almanac’s Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale. Almanac will also be pouring several special release beers, including their Fresh Hop Ale, made from local hops and barley. The dinner costs $75, and includes the five-course dinner and beer pairings. Reservations are available from 5:30pm-10pm, and can be made here.

If you want to get your beer on nice and early in the day, head to ~PUBLIC HOUSE~ on Sunday September 30th for Beerunch. The event will feature beer from MateVeza, which is caffeinated with the South American herb maté, so it’s extra brunch-appropriate. There will also be beers from Magnolia, Mll Valley Beerworks, Bear Republic, and AleSmith, among others. All the beer will be paired with brunch dishes like buttermilk waffles with pulled pork and apricot preserves, or chicken chorizo scrambled eggs. Check out the full menu here. The event is from11:30am-2:30pm, and tickets are $49.