Fresh off a pair of medals at the biannual World Beer Cup, the first course of the sold-out dinner pairs a Laura Chenel goat cheese tart with Provençal tomatoes, orange oil, and basil chiffonade with Allagash White, which earned a gold medal in the Belgian Witbier category. This is Allagash's flagship beer, accounting for 80 percent of annual production, a sweet and spicy wheat beer that often converts fans of Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.
The second course pairs Dungeness crab salad with the WBC bronze medal winner Fluxus 2009, a Saison brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper. If the $85 price tag for the prix-fixe meal seems steep, keep in mind beers like this retail for about $20. Another bottle at that price point is Curieux, which will not only be served with the entrée of natural short ribs, it will be used to braise them. It's a bourbon-barrel aged Tripel-style ale. Tod and the crew at Monk's Kettle will be busting out a 2008 vintage of this delectable elixir cherished by those of us who love beers matured in used bourbon barrels.
Monk's Kettle 3141 16th St (at Albion), 865-9523