Beer-pairing dinner coming to Mountain Standard in Vail |

Beer-pairing dinner coming to Mountain Standard in Vail

VAIL — Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Mountain Standard restaurant have teamed up to create a unique beer dinner to take place on Friday. The evening begins with a welcome reception followed by a four-course dinner paired with some of the finest craft beers Firestone Walker has to offer.

“Beer with food is always a great time,” said Donovan Sornig, beverage director at Mountain Standard. “Over the last decade, craft brewers have done such a great job showing the world that beer has its place with food. By hosting beer dinners we’re able to support these craft brewers and provide a really great dining experience for our community and guests.”

A California-based brewing company, Firestone Walker brewed its first beer in 1996, well ahead of the craft beer trend. As the palates of Americans migrated to craft beers, pairing beer with food is fast becoming a norm at trendy restaurants. Mountain Standard’s chef Brian Brouillard had no problems pairing his food with Firestone Walker’s unique flavors.


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“Donovan and our team of chefs sat down to sample the beers and started to toss out ideas to one another. Once we had the flavor profiles together, we really got serious about pairing the beer with our food,” Brouillard said. “It is one of the most creative beer dinners we’ve ever put together here at Mountain Standard.”

One of the highlights of the unique menu is introduced in the first course. Sous chef Eric McCue had the idea to incorporate the same brewing spices used in the Opal beer to season his bass crudo appetizer.

“I am really excited about the entire event,” Sornig said. “I think this is a great opportunity to showcase the talents in our restaurant. I personally am very excited about the fourth course — duck and black-eyed pea cassoulet paired with the Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. It is one of my favorite beers, and who doesn’t love duck sausage?”


The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Mountain Standard restaurant in Vail Village. The cost is $85 per person and includes all food, beer, taxes and gratuity. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot at 970-476-0123.

Mountain Standard is casual, rustic dining from the creators of Vail’s legendary Sweet Basil restaurant and is open for lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant features a wood burning grill and rotisserie, and the innovative fare is simple and rustic including rotisserie chickens, fresh creative salads and apple-wood grilled steaks.

Find out more at http://www.mountain

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