Upcoming Beer Dinners: Relic Brewing, Stone Brewing, Cask Republic

James Gribbon

Relic Brewing has been producing small batches of beer from their location in Plainville for well over a year, and they’ve been at the top of my mental checklist of Connecticut brews to try for some time. They’ve recently given all of us two more reasons/excuses/opportunities to satiate both our curiosity and thirst, starting with their Autumnal Celebration on September 20th. This will be a free event on Relic’s grounds at 95 B Whiting St. in Plainville, and feature local purveyors of wood fired pizza, paella, bratwurst, fries, porchetta and, of course, locally brewed beer. 

The second, possibly more noteworthy, event involves Relic pairing with restaurant 50 West, also of Plainville, for a Belgian beer dinner on October 2. Relic produces several Belgian-style ales, one of which will be paired with five of the six courses at the meal, including some highlights like:

- Warm salad with grilled venison (wilted frisee and field greens, warm roasted shallot and sherry vinaigrette, warm goat cheese, sliced apples, toasted sunflower seeds, grilled marinated venison) paired with Fieldhand rye saison.

- Grilled marinated whole quail stuffed with fines herbes, served with barley and red currant chutney, paired with Darkness Falls Dark Saison 

Reserve your space ($60/pp) by calling 50 West at 860 351 5066. Full menu here, and more info about Relic Brewing can be found on their web site. 

I’ve mentioned their beers several times in Friday Froth, and Stone Brewing will join Plan B Burger Bar in Stamford for a tapas and beer pairing dinner on September 23rd. The event will pair five Stone brews with five courses of foods not normally seen at Plan B. The citrusy hop character of Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous Ale will be paired with shrimp ceviche, Stone’s strong ale rested on oak chips, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, will be served alongside a roasted rack of lamb – it looks to be an interesting, and not altogether prohibitively expensive, dinner event. Tickets and additional info can be found here.  

Connecticut locals Two Roads Brewing and The Cask Republic have joined forces for a fine looking beer dinner being held on September 25 in New Haven. The dinner will feature three small-volume, barrel aged beers, the brand new abbey-style Via Cordis, a special cask conditioned version of Two Roads’ pumpkin ale, Roadsmary’s Baby, and will debut the Ok2berfest fall seasonal.  

The menu looks especially impressive here, starting with seared blackfish and a lobster carpaccio with grilled peach salad (Via Cordis) to start, and ending with Roadsmary’s Baby on cask with caramelized apple pfannkuchen, and spiced pumpkin ice cream with hazelnut syrup. A $70 ticket included tax and tip. Contact The Cask Republic at 475 238 8335.