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Beer, it's my opinion! March 5, 2012

  • Written by Toren Heald, Owner/ Broker, Wedgewood Realty and Beer Lover
Dinner at the Trellis gets even better when you pair a five-course meal with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) beers. This is the type of event I have to attend to bring such meaningful information to the world.   Thus being the second annual event with these two companies you can almost be sure there will be more in the future. For those who don’t know, Trellis is a 90-seat restaurant and bar that features wine  and country-style cuisine housed in the Heathman Hotel in downtown Kirkland. This beautiful restaurant is under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Scheehser, who was featured at the famed James Beard House in New York City as part of its Best Hotel Chefs in America series in 2008. Hopworks is what’s known as Eco-Brewpub out of Portland, incorporating a range of sustainable practices in their operation. HUB offers an collection of award- winning beers made from organic malts and locally-sourced hops.

The evening started with beer reception and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby of the Heathman where we were able to do a little mingling with other like-minded beer people. There weren’t any restrictions on this portion of the event; folks just walking through were offered beer and food samples. Some of the appetizers were homemade potato chips, crab-topped deviled eggs and fried rabbit with sweet potato fries served up with HUB’s Organic HUB Lager and Organic Crosstown Pale.We were seated in the dining room at 6:30 for our delectable five-course dinner. We had wild prawns and bone marrow bruschetta served with the Galactic Imperial Red.  Next was the stuffed grilled quail with farm foraged bean ragout matched with a delicious Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA). We had a refreshing intermission with a sorbet with a splash of Aces IPA accompanied with of course, the Aces IPA.  Mouth watering boneless short ribs was nicely paired with Sessions Cascadian Dark Ale.  Last but not least was a hazelnut flourless chocolate cake and yes, beer was served with dessert as well; the Dark Helmet Schwarz Bier (this name is a reference to the movie Space Balls).

The price of the event was $75 per head which seems high but you definitely get more value added.   Keep this on your radar for next year if you are looking for a great evening out.  Cheers!

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