The Lompoc Brewers are ringing in the new year with an intimate brewers dinner that pairs five courses with specialty and barrel aged Lompoc beers. The event will take place Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sidebar, Lompoc’s tasting room located at 3901 N. Williams Ave. The Lompoc brewers will be present to chat and discuss the beers. Tickets are very limited in number and cost $50 per person.
The menu begins with an artisanal cheese and charcuterie selection, paired with Lompoc Fool’s Golden Ale. A light refreshing blend of Crystal hops and malted wheat balance this session beer, making it an ideal starter for the palate.
The second course, an organic seasonal greens salad, features Port wine cherries, roasted hazelnuts, Manchego cheese and crispy shallots tossed in a Port wine vinaigrette. The salad is coupled with Port Barrel Aged Brewdolph Ale, a Belgian style red ale originally brewed in October 2008 and aged in Maryhill Winery Port barrels for 19 months, then cellared for an additional two.
Course three is duck confit and Bucheron chèvre turnovers with Monster Mash caramelized onions and a vanilla cauliflower puree, served with Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash. Lompoc’s original Monster Mash recipe was brewed in 2009, then aged in Bourbon barrels for 11 months and cellared for an additional two. The Imperial porter has a slight Bourbon aroma with chocolate and licorice flavors, finishing with vanilla notes.
The fourth course of citrus roasted pork tenderloin is served with winter root vegetables, braised kale, and a shallot confit mousse, and paired with Double Dry-Hopped C-Note, a beer brewed with the seven “C” hops – Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. This beer was additionally dry-hopped, once in the fermenter and once in the keg.
The final course is a macerated fruit bread pudding served with Crème Anglaise and drizzled with an Old Tavern Rat caramel sauce. It’s paired with a very rare 1998 Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine, a dark colored ale that has aged for 13 years, resulting in a delicious barley wine with strong flavors of raisins and dates.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by Jan. 17 and are available at Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, 3901 A N. Williams Ave. or by phone at 503-288-3996.