Strathcona Beer Company Launches Releases at Hart House Brewmaster’s Dinner

If you like beer and have not yet been to the Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby, here is a great chance to enjoy new beer releases and top notch food.  Here is the press release about the dinner which is on Friday, March 22, 2019.

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On Friday, March 22 2019 the Strathcona Beer Company will introduce its spring releases at a Brewmaster’s Dinner hosted by Burnaby’s Hart House Restaurant. The dinner will give guests a chance to taste the new crop of locally made beers paired with outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Strathcona is all about celebrating the local and homegrown. Based in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, the brewery creates top-quality craft beer, but it also promotes social development and sees itself as a positive part of a vital community. Strathcona Brewmaster and founding partner Michael “Fezz” Nazarec will be on hand at the dinner to comment on Strathcona’s new releases, which will be paired with a menu designed by Hart House Chef Mike Genest. The evening’s cuisine will emphasize local ingredients that complement the BC craft beers.

Canapé Reception
Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler
One
Dungeness Crab & Scallop Fritter
Preserved Lemon Aioli
Premium Pilsner
Two
Smoked Veal Tongue “Reuben”
Bone Marrow Focaccia, Beer-Braised Onions, Emmental Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Mustard Greens
All That And Then Some Pale Ale
Three
Seared Sturgeon + Curried Sturgeon & Potato Samosa Duo
Charred Pineapple & Passionfruit Chutney, Curried Crème Fraiche
Get Down On It India Pale Ale
Four
Beer-Braised Lamb Breast
Barley Risotto, Root Vegetables, Black Garlic Braising Jus
Headbanger Triple India Pale Ale
Five
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Beer-Soaked Cherries, Cherry Gel, Crème Fraiche Cremeux, Cherry Tuille
Love Buzz Cherry Sour Berliner Weisse

Tickets for the event are $78 per person, or $71 per person for groups of 6 or more.
They may be purchased online.

Strathcona Beer Company Brewmaster’s Dinner at Hart House
Friday, March 22 2019

$78 per person including taxes and gratuities
Groups of 6 or more $71 per person

Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Art Eat and Sip

Getting a Fill of Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed.  I attended, along with a guest.  It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come.  Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other.  This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes.  At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied.  Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.

The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant.  The squid was nice and soft; not chewy.  The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.

Dockside Restaurant - Signature Chili Squid

Dockside Restaurant – Signature Chili Squid

If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam.  I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale.  Other people marked it much higher.  If spice is not your thing, how about nice?  Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Have you ever tried sake?  Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake?  Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do.  Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty.  If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

There were more distilled spirits.  Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler.  The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.

Liberty Distillery - Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Liberty Distillery – Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet.  I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel.  The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco.  The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas.  I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel.  Give it a try!

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures.  I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself.  Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample.  Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling.  Both very tasty.

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample