Local Brews and Food Takes the Plate


Last night we had the enjoyment of attending the fourth annual Brewer’s Plate. The event is hosted in support of a great local organization, Not Far from the Tree. The sold out event is clearly a highlight for many as it combines Ontario craft beers, local food and well-known chefs.  We loved all the food and beer we tried, but there were a few pairings that really stood out for us.

 As the sun shone through the glass at Wychwood Barns, we began our culinary adventure with a hearty, local stew (pictured above) prepared by Chef Brad Long from Greenbelt friendly, Veritas.  The stew was paired withBeau’s Beaver River I.P. Eh?. It was a treat to have the I.P.Eh? straight from the cask and the smooth, malty finish was a great fit with Chef Long’s delicious stew.

 As we moved our way through the crowd, the next pairing that caught our attention was Chef Tawfik Shehata’sLake Erie Whitefish Taco with Steam Whistle’s crisp pilsner. The Whitefish was an ideal match with Steam Whistle, we only wished we could have enjoyed a full pint.

 Another stop that had us returning were the fresh, squeaky cheese curds from Maple Dale Cheese.  Made yesterday morning, they were a big highlight for the curd connoisseur.  Three pairings from Picton’s Barley Days Brewery were available, we chose the Wind & Sail Dark Ale. For a dark beer lover, this ale was a stand out.  Its nutty, chocolatey finish was unexpected and sealed the deal as a new favourite dark beer. The other bonus was that it was beside another Picton favourite Waupoos cider.

 With our stomachs full we ended the night with one of our favourite reds from the Greenbelt at Southbrook Vineyards. The 2007 Cabernet Merlot Shiraz features lovely blend of grapes with a peppery, fruity finish - a perfect way to close our foodie experience.

Thanks to the organizers of Brewer’s Plate for the well-run event.  We had a great time and look forward to returning next year.

-          Guest Blog by Julienne Spence, Greenbelt Fund

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