Last week we headed to Alobar in Long Island City for a Bear Republic Brewing beer dinner. The food was deliciously rich and was accompanied by a wide variety of beer styles. We were glad to see that the dinner actually didn’t feature Racer 5 or Hot Rod Rye, two beers from Bear Republic that are very common. Instead, the menu ranged from Tartare, a sour, to Peter Brown Tribute Ale, a brown ale.
The tone was set early with a rich rabbit rilette patty melt paired with the XP Extra Pale Ale. The crisp and bright pale ale was a great way to balance the richness of the patty melt. The second course of chicken liver pate had earthy, intense flavors. The funkiness and sour green apple flavors from the Tartare both complemented the pate and cleared the richness off the palate. Not surprisingly the final course of date pudding was paired with Big Black Bear Stout, a roasty and slightly chocolatey stout. The pairing worked well exactly because the pudding did not have chocolate.
Alobar hosts monthly beer dinners with breweries like Founders and Allagash. The October dinner will be with Flying Dog Brewery. At $50 a person the cost is on par with other beer dinners that we have had but the five courses and the quality of the food made this a great value.