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Garrett Oliver Returns to BC

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Brooklyn Brewing brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, with Rick, Aly, and Barry of R&B Brewing

Brooklyn Brewing brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, with Rick, Aly, and Barry of R&B Brewing at The Whip

The Brewmaster’s Table author, Garrett Oliver, will be in B.C. from August 13-16 to host two beer pairing dinners in Victoria and Vancouver. While the cities’ beer aficionados will leap at this opportunity to dine with one of the foremost authorities on the subject, I hope the hospitality industry and the media will also take the time to attend and find out why beer also deserves a place at the table.

On August 13, Oliver will lead guests through a four-course dinner at Solomon’s in Victoria:

Marinated Ahi Tuna
Blood Orange Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Thyme
– Brooklyn Local 1
Seared Diver Scallop
Perilette Grape, Bleeding Heart Radish and Mizuna Salad, Candy Cane Beet Emulsion
– pairing TBA
Sous Vide Beef Short Rib
Yukon Gold Pommes Maxim, Cauliflower Puree
– pairing TBA
Sparkling Blackberry Tart with Crème Fraiche
– Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Thursday, August 13
7:30 – 10:30pm
542 Herald Street, Victoria
Cost: $65
Tickets: Solomon’s, Spinnakers Spirit Merchants (James Bay & Vic West)

On August 14, Oliver will be in Vancouver to guide patrons through a four-course dinner at The Granville Room:

BBQ Duck Terrine
Local asparagus, avocado and wax bean salad, and mustard seed vinaigrette.
Szechuan Peppercorn Crusted Tuna
Cucumber, tomato, seaweed salsa. and blood orange ginger dressing.
Garlic & Thyme Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Duck fat confit potato, baby vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce.
Mint White Chocolate Iced Parfait
Parisian fizzy fruit

Friday, August 14
6:00 – 9:00pm
The Granville Room
957 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cost: $75
Tickets: call (604) 633-0056 or (604) 723-9790

At both dinners, guest will have an opportunity to sample Garrett Oliver’s Belgian-inspired strong dark ale, Brooklyn Local 2, which is not yet available in B.C. It’s brewed with German pilsner and English chocolate malt; Aurora, East Kent Golding, and Perle hops; and raw wildflower honey, Belgian dark candi sugar, and sweet orange peel.

The following day, there will be a tasting at the 39th & Cambie BCLDB Signature Store:

East Coast Beers, West Coast Style
Saturday, August 15, 2009
2:00 – 5:00pm

Oliver’s beers will be paired with Belgian food from Chambar Restaurant. And while quantities last, the first few participants will receive a free signed copy of The Brewmaster’s Table.

Finally, if you miss out on any of these opportunities, you can stop by for a pint at The Irish Heather where Garrett Oliver will be hanging out after 8:00pm on August 15. Be sure to bring your copy of The Brewmaster’s Table if you want it signed.


6 Responses

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  1. I’m happy to see that he will be at both the BCL and Heather on Saturday. I must admit I was a little gutted when I found out I would not be able to attend the dinner for personal reasons and this is a very solid consolation prize.


    August 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  2. Sadly no vegetarian options or I would be the first to line up


    August 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  3. I was pretty exited to attend the Vancouver events until my weekend was hijacked. Turns out that an epic beer dinner is not a valid excuse to miss a wedding.


    August 14, 2009 at 8:15 am

  4. Hey Rick,

    Hope you have a good time with Garrett. I hope your wish of having media pick up the story comes true! The more that mainstream media highlights the virtues of dining with beer, good beer, it will only encourage more people to experiment, which will hopefully lead to new and wonderful experiences.



    August 14, 2009 at 8:39 am

    • You can expect a follow-up post with photos. I’m hoping Kris in Victoria will submit a post on the Solomon’s dinner…


      August 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

  5. I went to the tasting at BCLDB. It was great meeting the man behind the brew. Too bad they didn’t have any copies of Garrett’s book that day 😦


    August 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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