Monday, July 30, 2012

Pumphouse Pub & Beerthirst July Long Table

We missed the last Pumphouse long table in June as we were in New York, so a pretty good excuse, but it was the bacon inspired dinner! Bacon. We missed you, bacon.  But the lovely chef, Daniela Iaci, saved us some of the chocolate bacon ice cream, much to our delighted surprise, that we consumed the following week.

If you’re not familiar with the Pumphouse Pub on Blundell Road in Richmond, I believe they have the largest number of taps in Richmond (24 taps), most of which are craft beer. They also maintain an extensive bottle list and update both lists weekly to add all the new goodies that come in.

They have great pub food along with a few specialty items like the butter chicken, perogies and deep sea pesto linguine. The portions are all generous, including the appetizers. Unless your name is Len, you won’t be able to crush a plate of nachos on your own.

So what was the theme for this long table? Summer. Yes, it’s finally arrived so start singing ♪♪ Summer summer summer summertime…. ♪♪  The dinner was paired with four different breweries’ lighter beers, all of which are great sessionable ales for those hot summer days.

Course One
Panzanella Salad with Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes and Zucchini
Paired with: Gordon Biersch Kolsch (4.6% ABV)

The salad was accompanied with large croutons and balsamic vinegar and paired well with the Kolsch. The Kolsch is a light amber beer with aromas of citrus and grains. It has a slight sweetness to it and a crisp, clean taste. Great summer beer.

Course Two
Plantain Pancake with Crispy Thai Sweet & Sour Pork
Paired with: Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV)

The pancake and sweet and sour pork was nicely presented and accompanied the Hefeweizen very well. The banana aromas and flavours in the heffy complimented the pork. The ale pours a hazy honey colour and apart from the strong banana taste, there are traces of cloves and spices. I’m not a heffy fan, but this one was pretty good.

Course Three
Nori-wrapped Tuna (Tataki style) with a Citrus Aloli & Wasabi Cream
Paired with: Elysian Yuzu Belgian Style Golden Ale (4.8% ABV)

The tuna was the highlight of the meal for me. Sashimi grade tuna, seared, and with a light crusting on the perimeter. My non-seafood-eating husband also enjoyed the tuna, which is a great compliment to Daniela. Perfectly prepared! The Yuzu Belgian pours a hazy golden hue and has aromas of spicy fruit, floral and malt. It has a bitter tang to it with a dry finish. Very drinkable, but not your typical Belgian.

Course Four
Moules et Frites: Curry Apple Mussels with French Fries
Paired with: Two Beers Panorama Wheat Ale (4.6% ABV)

The mussels were perfectly prepared and complimented the light, summer menu. I would have chosen skinny fries, but potato, potahto. The Panorama Wheat pours yellow/orange amber and has aromas of grain, pineapple, lemon and a hint of banana. The taste is very similar with maybe a grassy overtone.

Course Five
Seasonal Berry Cobbler
Paired with: Alameda Huckleberry Hound IPA (6.5% ABV)

The cobbler wasn’t too sweet and was loaded with fruit. Mine got polished off by none other than nacho-crusher Len (that should be his new nickname…) as I was already full from the last four courses. The Huckleberry Hound was a solid choice for this pairing, as obvious as the name implies (the berry part, not the dog). Another golden ale with a sweet, fruity aroma. Atypical of an IPA as the sweetness and surprizinginly subtle hops were the most distinctive characteristic. This beer and the Yuzu were my two favourites of the night.

Another solid food and beer pairing by Daniela and great service, as always, from the Pumphouse staff. Beerthirst gave away numerous bottles of the dinner brews and made a many patrons happy with their take home prizes (we won a bottle!). If you’re not already following Beerthirst on twitter (@Beerthirst), you should. Why? Because they’re obsessed with craft beer of course! They host many fun events and expose us to some great new beers. Check out their weekly fresh sheet and subscribe to their newsletters. What are you waiting for? Do it now you big procrastinator.

It was great to see a number of new faces at the event as we try to convert Bud drinkers one at a time… wahahahaha


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