Sacramento has gone from Cow Town to Beer City, with new breweries opening their taps and filling growlers at a rate that’s difficult to keep up with. Pair that with beer-centric events happening with thirst-quenching frequency, and we have a party.
Of course, dozens of breweries and restaurants will offer special tasting menus during the festival. Included is one of our go-to’s, Fabian’s Italian Bistro and its Farm To Fork Beer Dinner, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Center for Land-Based Learning. Representatives from both will answer guests’ questions about all-things beer and farming.
Chef Tom Patterson has devised a five-course menu sourced from local ingredients, and will pair them with hand-crafted beers from Sierra Nevada. Start sipping at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Fabian's in the Almond Orchard center, 11755 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Tickets are $60 each; buy them by phone (916-536-9891) or in person at the restaurant. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Land-Based Learning.
Now to the menu:
Reception: Choice of Torpedo Extra IPA, Pale Ale or Nooner Pilsner
First course: Marin Camembert cheese, whole-grain mustard, pear and toasted rye bread paired with Ruthless Rye
Second: drunken cherries demi-glace and boar sausage risotto, with Hop Hunter
Third: cioppino with mussels and prawns in lobster broth with roasted fennel aioli, with Terra Incognito
Fourth: Snake River Farms American Kobe flank steak with hop-infused farro and balsamic pancetta jam, with Estate Homegrown Ale
Dessert: Bigfoot Barleywine cinnamon gelato with chocolate butterscotch bread pudding, with barrel-aged Bigfoot Barleywine Ale.
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.