Sunday, March 11, 2012

Jolly Pumpkin to Host Beer Dinner at The Root Restaurant

Written by  Barb Starr
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Jolly Pumpkin to Host Beer Dinner at The Root Restaurant

To celebrate the end of the winter season, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is hosting a five-course Beer Dinner on Tuesday, March 20 at The Root Restaurant in White Lake. Cost for the dinner is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited to 100 and reservations are required by calling 248-698-2400.
Located at 340 Town Center Blvd. in White Lake, Root is a locally-owned and operated restaurant, focused on regional, seasonal cuisine that showcases the many resources that Michigan and the Great Lakes region has to offer. Earlier this year, The Detroit Free Press named Root its “Restaurant of the Year.” The farm-to-table philosophy of the culinary team at Root mirrors the down-to-earth mentality of those at Jolly Pumpkin, making this dinner the perfect expression of food and beer pairings.

The menu for this dinner includes:

Course 1

Curried Cauliflower Bisque. Toasted Almond. Pickled Raisin.

Bam Biere: An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. (4.5% ABV)

Course 2

Ancho & Michigan Honey Grilled Michigan Shrimp. Amish White Cheddar Grits. Pickled Corn.

Oro de Calabaza: Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. (8% ABV) **Named LA Times “Beer of the Month” for February 2012.

Course 3
Grilled House Made Michigan Pork Kielbasa. House Made Sauerkraut. Caraway Mustard.

Fuego del Otono: To catch a bit of soft radiance in each bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malt blend smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to sip, contemplate and enjoy. (6.15 ABV)


Whaleback White Ale & Orange Peel Sorbet. Sweet Coriander Dust.

Course 4
Roasted Grass Fed Michigan Beef Strip Loin. Saga Bleu Cheese Glacage. Roasted Garlic Crushed Baby Potatoes. Brocollini.   

La Roja: An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. (7.2% ABV)  

Course 5
House Made Carrot Cake. Creme Fraiche Icing. Ginger Syrup.  

Maricaibo: A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed! (7.5 ABV)  

The Jolly Pumpkin is part of Northern United Brewing Co., which also encompasses the Grizzly Peak and North Peak Beer Co. craft beer brands, as well as Civilized Spirits and Bonafide Wines. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally-sustainable practices. All of the beers and spirits under these brands are produced at the original Jolly Pumpkin brewing facility in Dexter or at the 5600-square-foot facility on Old Mission Peninsula adjacent to Mission Table restaurant (former Bowers Harbor Inn).   

Find NUBC products at stores, restaurants, and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, all in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor.