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Apr 28, 2009 07:37 PM

Thirsty Traveller Beer Tasting Event- anyone here go?

So Kevin Brauch of Thirsty Traveller had a beer tasting event yesterday at Fynn's of Temple Bar. It was a beer tasting dinner with 4 courses of beer and 4 courses of food for $50pp.
Anyone here on this board have the chance to go to this event? What was the food like?
I would love to go next year if they have it.

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    1. what was served?


    2. what was the beer list?
      ontario or foreign?

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      1. re: CoffeeAddict416

        I was there. The food was okay at best. The soup course and dessert courses were the best. Disappointing because the food at Fynn's is usually much, much better - the jerked pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries on the regular menu is way better than what was served.

        Anyway, the soup was a puree of chickpea and lentil thinned out with chicken broth and had herbs and a brunoise of vegetables. Nicely spiced with cumin, cardamom, and other spices. The next course was a grilled shrimp salad with avocado. Didn't enjoy this. The grilled shrimp was the best part. The main was an open faced pulled pork sandwich topped with spicy wedges and cheese, then thrown under the salamander. Too bready, not good bread, and a tad on the dry side. As said above, their regular pulled pork sandwich is waaaaaaaay better than this so it was disappointing that wasn't served. The dessert was a spiced banana cake with bruleed bananas and a caramel that incorporated several bottles of the chocolate stout served with it.

        The beers were from various places:

        Toast beer: Arkell Best Bitter, Wellington County Brewery, Guelph, ON
        Soup course: Organic English Ale, St Peter’s Brewery, Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom
        Salad course: Bottle Fermented Sparkling Ale, Coopers Brewery, Adelaide, South Australia
        Main course: Theresianer Vienna-Style Lager, Theresianer Brewery, Treviso, Italy
        Dessert course: Double Chocolate Stout, Young’s Brewery, Wandsworth, United Kingdom

        My favourites were the Theresianer Vienna-Style Lager, followed by the Arkell Best Bitters and St. Peters Ale. The chocolate stout was interesting, but one glass with dessert was more than enough. Then back to the Theresianer for me.

        For $50 all in, it's worth it. More than enough beer to go around. Hopefully the food is better next time!

        This is the second beer tasting they've had. I would imagine they'll probably do another later in the summer or in early fall.

        1. re: futronic

          The beer sounds pretty good but at the same time it's readily available at the LCBO.
          How did the pairings work out? Were they interesting with the food?

          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

            Yes, the beer selection sounds good but I'm curious how the pairing worked out too. Looking forward to going if they have another event.