Heathman Restaurant & Bar’s Sous Chef Tim Eckard came up with the menu under the guidance of Executive Chef Michael Stanton along with Sommelier James Rahn to assist in the drink portion of the menu. The result was a splendid dinner that tempted one’s tastebuds from the beginning Blow My Skull beer cocktail until the savory sundae desert served alongside the Averna Stout Flip was consumed.
Here’s a rundown on the menu from that evening with accompanying photographs from Cat Stelzer.
Ceviche with lime, habanero chili, cilantro
Compressed Kiyokawa apple, brandy, house bacon Blow My Skull
Jamaican Pot-still Rum, porter, brandy, lime
Diver Scallop with smoked celeriac purée, blood orange gastrique, domestic caviar Beer and Loathing
Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, honey syrup, saison (farmhouse ales)
Braised Pork Belly with cumin, dried cherry, chicarone, creamy polenta Mai Ta-IPA
Ex Novo Brewing’s Eliot IPA, white rum, aged rum, lime, orgeat, orange curaçao
Grilled Duck Breast with farrotto, pickled mushroom, cured foie butter, porter reduction Old Fashioned
Clear Creek Apple Brandy, Laphroiag, stout syrup, bitters
Sundae with hazelnut ice cream, fermented black bean caramel, house-made marshmallow,
brown butter crumble and eggnog foam Averna Stout Flip
Egg, Averna, stout, Angostura bitters
Earlier this year Grier’s book Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2015) was released that explained and provide recipes that range from simple to extravagant creations. But definitely the book contains recipes that make it simple enough so that anyone can make a beer cocktail at home. For those looking for a last minute Christmas gift, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, is available at many local bookstores including Powell’s City of Books.
For those looking for a fine restaurant to dine at that is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Heathman Restaurant and Bar will be open at 1001 SW Broadway and is currently taking reservations at (503) 790-7752.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.