SHEFFIELD is one of the best places in the world to be a beer drinker – so says global expert and specialist writer Pete Brown, who hosted a beer and food dinner at the city’s Beauchief Hotel last Thursday.
Hailing Sheffield as the ‘real ale capital of the world’, he paid tribute to the innovation of local brewers, particularly Thornbridge, which was behind the event.
It marked the launch of Craft Union, a book devoted to the art of beer and food matching, produced by Thornbridge with BrewKitchen partner and Master Chef Richard Smith.
Barnsley-born Brown wrote the foreword and agreed to host the dinner: a four-course meal with beers from Thornbridge and leading US craft brewers Sierra Nevada.
“Both breweries are absolutely visionary and total legends already,” he said.
Guests were welcomed by Thornbridge founder Jim Harrison; the evening included an illustrated talk by special guest Steve Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewery.
The BrewKitchen team, led by Les Rennie, served up a starter of crab cakes, complemented by citrussy Jaipur ale, which cut through the Indian spicing.
Steak and ale pie proved a good match for gutsy Northern Hemisphere Harvest, a wet hop ale.
Syrupy Narwhal Imperial Stout worked surprisingly well with treacle tart and clotted cream.
And the coup de grâce was an affogato of ice cream with Heather Honey Stout – devised by Brown himself.
Craft Union is available from BrewKitchen pubs or www.relaxeatanddrink.com, priced £14.95.