Crafting beer has always been a close cousin of culinary exploration and this weekend’s fourth annual Brew and Chew featured small-plate pairings from some of the city’s best chefs and homebrewers. The afternoon featured six teams compeating with all proceeds donated to hurricane relief efforts in the western Catskills through the MARK Project.
Our favorite pairing of the afternoon was Team Woot’s Autumn Weizenbock & Peanut-Butter Banana Cuties (above). While both were phenomenal creations in their own right, the combination of subtle banana notes in the weizenbock that played elevated the peanut butter ice cream beyond your average ice cream sandwich. Additionally, the hint of salt brought the decadent desert to a nice balance between sweet and savory.
Also notable was The Moxey Brother’s pairing of pineapple-juice brased, heritage pork tacos al pastor with Birthday Suit Session Ale; a west coast inspired, overhopped pale ale. The combination of pineapple in the tacos played nicely with tropical citrus notes of the hops and the carbonation and bitterness cut the fat in the pork. Overall, a fantastic Sunday afternoon and unique event for New York Craft Beer Week.