Mike Hess Brewing + Zoe's Place - beer and food pairing
Last month we were invited to attend a food and beer pairing through Amanda from Passion Roots PR. The drinks were from Mike Hess Brewing while the food was from Zoe's Place food truck. I've been exploring beer lately so this event got a resounding YES from me. I generally prefer stouts but a few others have managed to tickle my fancy! I'm down to find more!
A small group of bloggers met for dinner at Mike Hess Brewing in North Park. To get to the tasting room, we walked over a raised bridge between massive beer vats. I remember being impressed with this newer brewery during Tuesday Taste of North Park last year!
Once inside, the beer menu is available above the bar.
Here are the three beers we tried for the pairing. From left to right it is Claritas, Ficus and Grapefruit Solis beer.
The Claritas is a cold style beer, bright and dry with a little crisp and lemon zest. It was a nice drink to mellow down your food.
A saison, which means season in french, is typically brewed in one season like winter then drunk in the opposite season of summer and vice versa. Add chocolate malt and dark figs hand squeezed into this Belgium beer and now we've got a "dark saison"... the Ficus! This beer grew on me and I ended up liking it best of the three.
The Grapefruit Solis is one of the rotating IPAs. It has 100% grapefruit juice added to give a citrusy pow! It is a little dry with a prominent grapefruit citrus taste though it's also slightly bitter like a peel... not exactly my style but it may work for someone else!
Our eats were provided by the food truck Zoe's Place. It has been a while since we've eaten out of a truck but these are great food sources at breweries!
First Course: El Diablo Mahi-Mahi paired with Claritas
Second course: Carne-Asada Fries paired with Ficus
Third course: Camaron Quesadilla paired with Grapefruit Solis
Our favorite, the fish taco, was simple and clean plus the salsa gave it that extra kick. The carne asada fries was typical but had a spiciness that balanced out the darker beer pairing. The cheesy shrimp quesadilla was a little plain according to Dennis but I thought it was fine. Ours were sample sized so the beer helped fill the void. This particular menu was specially created for our tasting but you can easily create your own food/beer pairing. Zoe's place is at Mike Hess Brewing every Wednesday but you can find additional information on their facebook page. There's also an event calendar on the Mike Hess Brewing website if you want to check out the food options on a different day.
I really like checking out breweries these days. They have their own different vibe from your normal restaurants and bars. The night that we were here also had a David Bowie tribute event going on. They showcased various artwork and even had artists paint the Starman look on people's faces.
Mike Hess Brewing originally started in Miramar and continued on to open a second location in North Park here, taking over a bookstore! I believe there is a third opening in a couple of months!
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Disclaimer: We were provided food and drink for this event but all opinions are our own
Mike Hess Brewing
3812 Grim Avenue
San Diego CA 92104