Thursday, December 27, 2012

Beerthirst & Sharkey’s Rogue Ale Dinner


 
 
Thanks to Twitterverse, we became familiar with Sharkey’s Seafood Bar & Grille this year and head tweeter, owner, Dre. We’ve visited twice this year – once on a fabulous, sunny day when we dined on their waterfront patio and then again for the Beerthirst Tour de Richmond! And now, we’ve attended one of their beer dinners, which they tend to host monthly. This one was Beerthirst Rogue Ale’s Dinner.

 
 


 
The guys at Beerthirst bring in some amazing beers to Canada and Rogue is one of their newer brands. Rogue Brewery is part of the long history of Oregon craft breweries and they opened the brewery and brew pub in October 1988. Now they have multiple locations, their 2012 beer line up boasted thirty-four (34) Rogue Ales and you can become a Rogue Nation Citizen. How cool is that? While I was cruising around their web site, I noticed that Rogue has spirits as well. They’ve got their bases covered here, folks.

If you haven’t been to Sharkey’s, they’re located at 4953 Chisholm Street in Ladner and have been in business since 1992. Their lunch menu sports loads of various seafood and chips as well as burgers, sandwiches, pasta etc. The dinner menu keeps all of the lunch goodies on the menu but adds seafood and meat entrees. They’re clearly a neighbourhood favourite as on this Friday night before Christmas, the place was packed with what seemed to be regulars.

We saw some familiar faces at this dinner but also, new craft beer loving people. One couple made the trip up from Point Roberts, WA as they love the craft beer selection that Sharkey’s provides. It's a craft beer revolution, I tell ya!

Dre was unable to make the dinner due to new baby/daddy duty but he kept tabs on us through Twitter and tweeted a few trivia questions. Nice touch, Dre!

On to the dinner.
 

First Course

Savory Fish Morsel – steamed blend of fresh seafood and spices served with sweet chili sauce

Paired with Rogue Kells Irish Lager

 

 
The lager’s crisp, clean finish and mellow flavours work well with seafood, and this was no exception. The fish was served as dense balls accompanied with a sweet chili sauce. The sweet and spicy sauce brought a bit of a zing to this dish.

 

Second Course

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad – fresh romaine hearts, grilled red onion, crumbled blue cheese and poached pear dressed with sundried tomato vinaigrette

Paired with St. Rogue Red

 

 
This dry hopped red ale has a malty flavour and the three hops used (Chinook, Perle and Centennial) give it a hoppy, spruce finish. I liked the pairing, especially with the sharpness of the blue cheese, the crisp pears and the sweet, caramelized onions.

 

Third Course

Doughnut Slider – Cajun pork slider and slaw stuffed inside a cake doughnut, served with beer fries

Paired with Rogue Dead Guy Ale

 

 
Dead Guy is a German Malbock style and is malty, rich in flavour and well balanced. This has been one of their signature beers since the early 1990’s and is a great beer to pair with pork or hot & spicy food. As for the food, this slider nailed it. During Tour de Richmond, we had a different slider made with a glazed doughnut, which was a bit too sweet. The cake doughnut was perfect and the spiciness of the Cajun patty worked with the beer. The beer fries were awesome and had a nice bitterness to them.

 

Fourth Course

Jalapeno Crab Cakes – fresh made crab cakes breaded with jalapeno panko, served with fire grilled salsa and basmati rice

Paired with Rogue Captain Sigs Northwestern Ale (also called Deadliest Ale)

 

 
The good Captain, Sig, is a red ale with some floral notes and mild hop and malty flavours. I was looking forward to the crab cakes as they’re one of my favourite dishes. This one didn’t disappoint at all – it had a slight bite from the jalapenos and was loaded with fresh crab. The salsa had some heat/spice that worked as a nice compliment and the basmati rice was cooked to perfection (p.s. show me how to do that). This was my favourite dish and pairing.

 
 
Fifth Course

Baked Potato Ice Cream – French vanilla ice cream rolled in cocoa, served with butter cream and mint chips

Paired with Rogue Mocha Porter

 

 
The Mocha Porter is a great true-to-style porter with a bittersweet balance of malts, hops, coffee and chocolate. Porters work well with most desserts and this ice cream dessert was no exception. And OMG, what a dessert! This was the coolest dessert I’ve seen – it really did look like a baked potato rolled in cocoa and a slab of yellow “butter” cream on top. The ice cream was clearly house-made and delicious.


All beers were served as four ounce pours, which is enough to pair with the food and give you a proper tasting. The food was served as small portions but it was definitely an ample meal. All of this for $34.99 + tax/tip is a great deal in my opinion. Keep your eye on their Twitter feed, FaceBook account or their website to find out the details for their next beer dinner.


Thanks to Beerthirst and Skarkey’s for hosting this fabulous dinner. We’ll be back soon!
 

Some of the crab cakes came out with a
different presentation... hehe #foodporn

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