You already know the about the pleasures of pairing fine wine with food, but what about beer? With the rise of craft beer, there are an increasing number of beer-pairing dinners happening around Bangkok. On these nights, you’ll be able to learn and taste how an amazing IPA can handle the richness of meat with ease. Or how a light, crisp pilsner can highlight the mild sweetness of shellfish. There’s no doubt that beer and food pair extraordinarily well together, but you should find out for yourself. Feeling thirsty yet? Check out these three craft beer-pairing dinners in Bangkok.
Baladin Beer Dinner
When: 24 June 2017
An icon of Italian craft beer, Baladin’s artisanal brews are listed in 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. At Loop Italian Restaurant, you’ll be able to sample a selection of Baladin’s exquisite craft beers paired with rustic Italian fare. Carefully curated by chef Roberto Panariello, the five-course menu starts off with Baladin Issac, a Belgian-inspired white ale with bitter orange peel and coriander aromas. Baladin Nora, a spiced ale made with unmalted kamut, is probably the highlight of the meal. It’s a luscious ale with Middle Eastern flair, perfectly paired with a succulent pork loin. At the dinner, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase all the Baladin beers at 20% off the standard price.
Five-course craft beer-pairing dinner (THB 1,499 net per person) at Loop Italian Restaurant, 8th floor, Pathumwan Princess Hotel, 444 MBK Centre, Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 216 3700
When: 29 June 2017 and every last Thursday of the month
With its skyline views of Bangkok, Brewski is a craft-beer rooftop bar that hosts a craft beer-pairing dinner in a communal setting. Executive chef Thomas Smith and founder of Beervana Brian Bartusch are the two pairing pros that devise the five-course menu every month. This June, they’re featuring celebrated beers from Stone Brewing and its Arrogant Brewing product line. The meal kicks off with a light, balanced pilsner with a slightly bitter finish, and a refreshing appetiser that consists of seaweed, salmon roe, and avocado. The signature Stone IPA and initial small-batch Stone Pataskala Red X IPA then follow, each boasting hop bitterness and citrus aromas. With its stone-fruit aromas and piney hops, Arrogant Bastard Ale will make a big impression, alongside with its decadent pairing: braised Kurobuta pork belly and baked apple.
Upstairs at Mikkeller
When: Every Thursday to Saturday
As many of you already know, Upstairs at Mikkeller offers an exquisite 10-course tasting menu which is carefully curated to complement Mikkeller’s exclusive craft beers. Right now is an ideal time to head over, because chef Dan Bark — former sous chef at the three Michelin-starred Grace Restaurant in Chicago — has just unveiled a new summer menu. Celebrating the freshest seasonal ingredients, the menu features a selection of seafood sensations and citrus recipes. The ikura appetiser is still available for the aficionado — tangy, fresh salmon roe with kalamansi and crisp cucumber. The new duck with sweet kumquat will pair beautifully with an American pale ale, neutralising the hop bitterness. Drop by to collect all the tasting notes and cool down with summer beers.
10-course tasting menu with craft beer-pairings (THB 3,300 net per person) Upstairs at Mikkeller, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10 Yaek 2, Phra Khanong Nuae, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 381 9891