Brewers and brewery employees always talk about the industry being in a mode of "friendly competition." That friendliness is about to get a little more fierce.
Barrel of Monks Brewing is looking to make 2016 the year of the throwdown by hosting a 12-month long brewery-versus-brewery event series that's full of beer, food, and fun. It's a four-course dinner where the beverages fight for your pleasure.
"On the fourth Monday of every month, join us at Barrel of Monks brewery for beer dinners with a twist," their initial event pitch states. "Each month will feature a different brewery and guest chef. 11 events in total - Happy 2016 to you all!"
Here are the rules:
- This is a secret menu. Aside from the chef, no one will know what is going to be served. (Be aware dietary restrictions will not be taken into consideration).
- Each brewery comes prepared with four pre-selected beers with no knowledge of the four course menu for the night.
- The chef will present their plates, and each brewery will pair on the fly from the beers they have available.
- Attendees eat, drink, and vote on who did it best.
"We decided to organize this event series because it is a great way to join the Florida brewing community together in a fun environment and allow beer lovers to have a more hands-on experience with different breweries, beers, and foods," said Lauren Begelman of Barrel of Monks Brewery. "Everyone loves a little competition and this is a live action, on the fly pairing event. It will give attendees the chance to be a part of the creative process on both sides of the table."
The next three months (I won't spoil the whole year, but let me say there are some bad-ass breweries in this list) are scheduled to be:
Buy tickets now, to reserve a spot. The cost is $53.74 per person, with tax and fees. These will be intimate affairs, and as of this
Check back with me as I chronicle the events, and bring you a run-down of proceedings the day after.
Barrel of Monks is located at 1141 S. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton. Call 561-510-1253, or visit barrelofmonks.com.