Styles-Bending Beer Dinner at The Summit

Outside the Lines

Where: The Summit, 780 Valencia (at 19th St.), 861-5330

When: Mon., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Cost: $100 (includes tax and service); a portion of the proceeds is slated for The Food Pantry

The rundown: We're a city that likes the notion rule-breaking, going off the grid, scratching out little charmed circles of realness. Beer and food pairings get the oh-no-they-din't treatment Monday at The Summit, where in an event keyed to SF Beer Week, house chef Eddie Lau teams up with Beer and Nosh blogger Jesse Friedman from Almanac Beer Co. in a carbonated display of rule-breaking: beers from a variety of brewers that diverge from standard styles, matched up with food that aims to surprise. In case you're keeping track, this will be Almanac's first beer dinner, and brewers from other featured beers will be on hand to discuss.

Menu highlights: Scallop, ale-carbonated citrus, and turnip with Alamanac's Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale; vadouvan short rib with wild mushrooms and French lentils with SF Beer Week Collaborative Bourbon Barrel Common; foie torchon with duck-egg sabayon with Firehouse Brerwing Retribution Double IPA

Tickets available at Beer and Nosh

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