Western Boca Raton will be the place to do some post-holiday-shopping celebrating on Sunday December 21st when the Sybarite Pig, that meat-and-beer-centric hotspot out there in Shadowood, hosts its second anniversary party starting at noon.
Expect some of the best food and beer pairings that Boca Raton has to offer.
Foodwise, the Pig is aiming to keep things simple but entertaining, because as owner Daniel Naumko told us, "It's a day to celebrate with our crew, so I try to make it simple for them." That means a limited menu, but with some treats.
One special item on the menu will be a dear-to-his-heart dish that won him judges' choice at the Houston Beer Experiment a couple of years ago: a ten-hour-smoked lamb leg with stewed summer tomato, chilies, and guava, featuring a Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter gastrique served upon a bed of rice. This was served and well received at a previous Cantillon event.
"It should be fun," Naumko said of the event. "There are some cool beers that we're going to tap that day," like Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (everyone's favorite Anheuser-Busch stout), Brewfist's Grappa Barrel Aged Spaghetti Western (an Italian imperial chocolate coffee stout), Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Funk (a sour beer aged on cherries), and B Nektar Meadery's The Zombies Take Manhattan (a rye whiskey barrel aged mead).
In addition, there is an attempt to get some extra kegs of special releases from Florida breweries to supplement the eight taps that the restaurant has.
Finally, what party would be complete without some beers being raffled off? Throw down some cash and be in the running for a 2012 Cigar City Brewing Marshal Zhukhov, a Cantillon Vigneronne, or a Mikkeller Forêt du Centre.
See you in Boca.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.