Before the craziness of the holidays set in, I was lucky enough to be invited to Do512's Goose Island Holiday Barnstorm with bites by Dinnerlab! And for once, this was an event I knew the fiancé would enjoy--beer and Tex-Mex inspired cuisine? Such a win.
I'd actually never had Goose Island beer before, so I was excited to taste the holiday lineup and food pairings that the brewery had to offer for us. I came away with a full belly and a few new favorite brews.
My favorite was Sofie, the Belgian style Farmhouse Ale. Goose Island, though recently acquired by a larger company, has always had a commitment to craft beer. From their website, "Goose Island is an innovator and leader in the craft of brewing. Striving to create beers that define styles, win awards, and captivate the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer drinkers." After tasting the incredible lineup, I can see why they win so many awards!
And the food truly was incredible. According to their website, "Dinner Lab is a consumer dining experience that brings together up and coming chefs and an exclusive membership interested in exploring innovative ideas in food to unique spaces that would never otherwise be known to the public." I can't wait to check out more of their events!
The menu went like this...
Pork Belly paired with the Belgian Style Pale Ale
Elotes paired with the Sofie Belgian Farmhouse Ale
Empanada paired with the India Pale Ale
Consomme de Caribito paired with the Festivity Brown Ale
And some sort of butternut squash deliciousness that wasn't on the menu nor had a pairing.
And for dessert--S'mores! Paired with the Bourbon Country Barleywine.
The venue chosen for the feast was the Rockin' Y Ranch, a private residence that's rented out for events. Had we not chosen to have our wedding back in MA, this would definitely be a contender. My pictures of the venue itself didn't come out too well because it was so dark, but the grounds were beautiful. Keeping Rockin' Y in mind for anything we might need it for in the future!
Overall, it was an awesome event and I was excited to be invited to it! Thanks Do512, Goose Island, and Dinnerlab for such a great kick off to the holidays!