Above is the menu for one of the more quirkily creative beer dinners I've heard about:
The Olympic Brewers Dinner at the Church Brew Works.
As you can see, for each of five courses, the Lawrenceville brewpub-in-a-church is spotlighting another country's cuisine, paired with one of its beers, including, appropriately, Celestial Gold.
The brewpub also will feature dishes from various Winter Olympics competitors on the way to its annual Winterfest:
Feb. 7 to 9: Canada
Feb 10 to 12: Sweden
Feb. 13 to 16: Valentines Day aphrodisiac menu
Feb. 17 to 20: Austria
Feb. 21 to 23: France
Feb. 24 to March 9: Winterfest
Church Chef Du Cuisine Joe Kiefer says that the Olympic Brewers Dinner idea started with Executive Chef Jason Marrone and events planner/marketing manager Patti Goyke, who noticed that the regular beer dinner fell just as the Olympics were starting.
They decided to do dishes from the top medal-winning countries besides the U.S., and that's when Chef Kiefer found himself scouring Russian restaurant Websites for ideas, since he knew he wanted to work in caviar. The Swiss chocolate was a no-brainer, and Germany was easy, but Canada took a little more pondering. The hardest country to work in was Norway, until a friend who's also a cook mentioned dandelion salad.
Now Chef Kiefer is working on the menus for the other Olympic competitors they'll be featuring. "I want to go out and learn as much as I can about other countries," he says. "It's a blast."
He'll be preparing the food and bringing it out at the beer dinner, after which he's sure to come back out from the kitchen, sit down and have a beer with everyone.