the best beer tastings and suds-centric foodie happenings taking place across the Bay (and that Pliny The Younger keg gets tapped this Wednesday at noon at Monk’s Kettle), but if you're interested in exploring some killer beer and food pairings away from the mad crush of the crowds, several quiet neighborhood spots are getting into the spirit as well.We hope you’re not tired of beer yet, because there are seven more days of SF Beer Week. There are still plenty of spots open at
For instance tonight in Noe Valley, Firefly’s new chef de cuisine Gabriel Sanders will be hosting a special a four-course beer-paired dinner (including dessert) showcasing The Bruery, a small craft brewery located in Orange County that specializes in Belgian ales with an experimental twist. Interesting pairings include chile-braised pork shoulder with rye berry risotto coupled with Sour in the Rye ale, seared scallops with spiced cous cous with Saison de Lente, and Devil's Food cake with chocolate malt pudding, roasted vanilla ice cream, pretzel crumble and stout toffee sauce accompanied by a Smoking Wood porter.
The Bruery’s own Benjamin Weiss will be on hand at the restaurant to discuss the featured beers and to explain how the brewery creates its beers using the simplest and purest means (i.e. they don’t filter or pasteurize their brews and carbonation is achieved only through bottle conditioning). FYI: If you’re dining partner isn’t into beer, fear not; Firefly will be also be offering its regular dinner menu which includes its famous “fried chicken of your dreams.” ($45 per person for the special dinner, additional $25 for suggested beer pairings; to reserve, go online or call 415-821-7652).