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07-08-2011, 17:56
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So, August the 4th took us to the Dean Swift (http://thedeanswift.com/), London, in our capacity as the European host brewers of International IPA Day (http://raisethebeerbar.blogspot.com/2011/07/announcing-international-ipaday-august.html). Planned over the previous few weeks, Max Chater (http://twitter.com/#%21/DeanSwiftSe1) (Manager & Host of the Dean Swift) Momo Medi (Head Chef) & Rick Furzer (http://twitter.com/#%21/rickfurzer) (Food & Drink Blogger) (http://gastroturf.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/international-ipa-day/) got together to plan a stunning evening of IPA & food matching.

Before I go into some detail about this truly memorable evening I'd ask you to watch this two minute video montage so you can get a feel for the spirit of the evening & gauge what dizzy heights food & beer matching CAN reach.

The Dean Swift International IPA Day Feast Menu

1st Course
Type: Black IPA
Food: Toulouse sausage scotch egg
Beer: The Kernel India Pale Ale Black (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/the-kernel-india-pale-ale-black/136649/) (keg), BrewDog Abstrakt AB:06 (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brewdog-abstrakt-ab06/144960/)

2nd Course
Type: Canned IPA
Food: Calamari with sweet chilli sauce, timbale of avocado and crayfish
Beer: BrewDog Punk IPA (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brewdog-punk-ipa-56/135361/), Maui Big Swell (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/maui-brewing-big-swell-ipa/36863/)

3rd Course
Type: Centennial IIPA Resurrection
Food: Grilled goats cheese and roasted peppers
Beer: Kernel Centennial #100, Centennial 2010 (http://thekernelbrewery.com/)

4th Course
Type: IPA and Spice?
Food: Tandoori Chicken with Cauliflower Velouté
Beer: Stone Brewing Co. Ruination (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-ruination-ipa/14709/)

5th Course
Type: Draught IPA: UK vs. US
Food: Lamb Mechoui
Beer: Summer Wine Brewery Kahuna (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/summer-wine-kahuna/150808/), Stone Brewing Co. IPA (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/stone-india-pale-ale-ipa/422/), Sierra Nevada Torpedo (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-torpedo-extra-ipa/59261/), Great Divide Titan (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/great-divide-titan-ipa/25083/)

6th Course
Type: Dessert IPA
Food: Raspberry and limoncello jelly tartlet
Beer: Mikkeller Sorachi Ace (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/mikkeller-hop-series-sorachi-ace/142548/)

7th Course
Type: Quadruple IPA, Freeze Distilled.
Food: Aged goats cheese, Vintage Gouda, Monastery Cheddar
Beer: Sink The Bismarck! (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brewdog-sink-the-bismarck/118414/)

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The Fresh fruity IPA's were perfect with Seafood.

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You simply haven't had a Scotch Egg until you've had Momo's Toulouse Scotch Egg.

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Toby & James discuss the subtleties of the canned IPA's.

The whole beer & food movement has been gaining momentum lately (http://raisethebeerbar.blogspot.com/2011/07/your-beverage-needs-you.html) & with it being International IPA Day (http://raisethebeerbar.blogspot.com/2011/07/announcing-international-ipaday-august.html) what better opportunity to demonstrate beers extreme diversity of flavour ability to gel with amazing foods.

The most amazing thing about the night was that the beers & food courses were matched supremely well by Max, Momo & Rick & it was clear a lot of thought & time went into developing the menu.

Max Chater is a natural host, Momo is an incredibly talented Chef & Rick is a pure glutton with an amazing palette, marrying their skills together produced an amazing menu.

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Andy & James talk about the British Brewing Scene.

If we are to establish beer as a legitimate beverage to match with food then these guys have a the recipe sown up. I believe we will see more events like this in particular at Dean Swift as I know Max has plans to do much more around this fascinating concept.

I'd like to extend our gratitude to Phil Strongman, Max Chater & James Watt for their incredible generosity on this truly memorable evening, also the guys from The Kernel, Toby & Nate. Rick Furzer, Peter Millar, James Bendall & Patrik Strandberg for making it such a pleasure.

Haven't visited the Dean Swift? (http://thedeanswift.com/) You really must as this place has an extremely bright future & a crucial role to play in establishing food & beer matching in the UK.

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The night was capped off with stunning hard cheeses with Sink The Bismarck & Black Tokyo Horizon.

Now if you'd like to read the detail of how each course married up get over to Rick Furzers fantastic new blog 'Gastroturf' (http://gastroturf.wordpress.com/) Rick is very talented & without a doubt has a great future in this area.

This was just one highlight of our trip to London, I'll be blogging about the other delights in due course.


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