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Real Ale, Real Fine Food Pairings

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Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W., is showing diners that beer is a natural with food, and the rewards can be just as exciting as matching wine with food.

BeerDinner2The restaurant is now offering its first beer tasting menu, with Blanco’s finest, Real Ale Brewing Company, filling the starring role.

A plate with house-made smoked salmon and beef carpaccio are paired with the Fireman’s No. 4 Blonde Ale, followed by the Rio Blanco Pale Ale, a brew with a marked citrus flavor, which gives it enough zing to cut through the richness of chef Scot Cohen’s decadent macaroni and cheese with duck confit and dried cranberries.

It’s followed by littleneck clams steamed in white wine and the spicy, hoppy Full Moon Rye Pale Ale. Braised lamb in a fiery harissa sauce with white beans and roasted pumpkin is just right for fall weather and the dark, roasted flavors of the Brewhouse Brown Ale.

The meal closes out with banana crepes and the matching toffee notes of the Sisyphus Barleywine Ale, an 11-percent alcohol beer with plenty of hops to balance the sweetness.


Brad Farbstein of Real Ale

The restaurant launched the meal deal recently with a dinner that featured brewery president Brad Farbstein.

Except more beer menus in Brasserie Pavil’s future. “Brasserie,” after all, is French for “brewery,” so the two are a natural.

For more on Real Ale, click here. For more on Brasserie Pavil, click here.

The cost of the dinner is $45 a person and is available nightly through the end of the month. Call (210) 479-5000.



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2 Responses to “Real Ale, Real Fine Food Pairings”

  1. Kristina says:

    FYI, I saw someone on Twitter ask if the beer dinner is also available at lunchtime. Brasserie Pavil replied that it is, so if you decide that waiting until evening for beer & those pairings is too long, you are in luck!

  2. An individual on Twitter inquired if the meal was available at lunch time, as well as at dinner. Brasserie Pavil replied that it is available at both times. Yummy anytime of day!