Yesterday evening was a special sneak peek of our “Pairing of the Brews” – which included a 3 course meal paired with 3 different Bell’s beers. We had a really great group of people meet over at the cafe, where they were greeted by Derek, the Bell’s Brewery rep for Richmond and Josh the head chef of Ellwood’s kitchen. After co-mingling, we all sat down to what might have been the best meal of my life.
The appetizer consisted of Grilled Shrimp & Grits (Rosemary skewered shrimp with Hoppin’ John’s Grits, blended with our homemade worcestershire sauce) paired with Bell’s Oktoberfest. The combination of the worcestershire sauce and the Oktoberfest created a dance party in my mouth. Before I had even known what hit me we moved on to the entree…
Braised Beef Short Rib (beef short rib with beef debris gravy, mashed turnips, parsnips, garnished with fried celery leaves) paired with Bell’s Best Brown Ale. This was the first time I had ever experienced mashed turnips, which turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the meal. The Bell’s Brown Ale paired really well with the beef short rib and gravy, highlighting all of the undertones in the flavor. And just when I thought I couldnt eat any more…
We moved on to the Cheese/Dessert portion of the meal where we got to explore the relationship between Cheese and Beer. The dish contained a Parmesan Soufle and Cheese Trio (candied citrus peel & trio of cheese: Iberco 3 milk blend, Tellegio & Drunken Goat) Paired wih Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. I’m sure that everyone can agree with me in saying that the Two Hearted Ale went exceptionally well with the cheese selection – it’s almost too good for words!
With a new appreciation for Bell’s beer and a full belly of everything tasty in this world, I left the Pairing of the Brews a happy girl (to say the least.) Thank you to everyone that made this possible! Including our host Derek of Bell’s Brewery and our guests John & Tony from RVA mag, Brittney of Eating Bird Food, Isaac, Mary and Tim of E.A.T Blog.
Would you like to experience this same deliciousness, get to know your favorite beers and meet the talented Ellwood’s staff? Check out our Pairing of the Brews, happening every Wednesday in October (6-8pm) – at just $25 a ticket, you wont know what just hit you! Let us know if you’re a vegetarian and we will tweak the menu for you!
And lastly….do you see the beer heart??