For the first time since the beginning of March I went out to dinner last night. One of my favourite restaurants in Halifax, The Carleton, started hosting Craft Draught Showdowns last year. They let their Chef go wild creating a five course meal and have two local breweries compete bringing five beers to pair with each course. It is a fun time with friends and really interesting to hear from the different brew masters about their process of brewing the beers and how they choose the pairings.
Unfortunately COVID wiped out a lot of these events over the last few months, but it was great to see how they put together the event as safely as possible. There were only 1/3 of the normal number of tables, all the staff wore masks at all times, and many patrons were also masked anytime they were up from their tables. The Chef talked about how they designed the menu to source as many of the ingredients from local farms and vendors as a way to help out the community.
In a lot of ways it was super strange being back out in public, but overall it was a lot of fun.
Menu for the 5 course meal including the beer pairings

Beet Carpaccio

Brightwood: Backyards
Propeller: ESB
Round 1 Beers
Round 1

Scallop Crudo

Brightwood: Mojito Crushable
Propeller: Lotus
Round 2 Beers
Round 2

Canestri au Chardonnay

Brightwood: Minutes
Propeller: Spooky
Round 3 Beers
Round 3

Chicken Piccata

Brightwood: BMAC
Propeller: DDH IPA
Round 4 Beers
Round 4

Lemon Posset

Brightwood: Made Me Blush
Propeller: Dark Berry
Round 5 Beers
Round 5