5 food & beer pairings you must try at AleFeast 2017

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5 food & beer pairings you must try at AleFeast 2017

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More than 500 people attended the 2016 AleFeast event, Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Dayton Masonic Center in downtown Dayton. (MARK FISHER/STAFF)

If you’re looking for something a little more refined from just beer and pizza, AleFeast 2017 has you in mind.

The 8th annual event at the Dayton Masonic Center will be held from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 4. The event features more than 75 craft beers from 30 breweries, while pairing them food from around the Dayton area. Wine will also be a part of the event with all participants receiving a commemorative sampling glass.

According to an email sent on Feb. 1, organizers say tickets to this event are almost sold out, but can still be purchased here

The various brews available are too numerous to list here, however, a full list of the offerings can be found here. Here are five of the most tantalizing options at this year’s event.

FIFTH STREET BREWPUB

Ohio’s first co-op brewpub will feature their pork sliders with Chimichurri sauce and jalapenos. Five beers and two wines are being paired with this mouth-watering dish. However, the Ponderous Porter from one of the area’s newest breweries, Fig Leaf, intrigued us. The taste of rich chocolate, toffee and caramel blended with salty pork and hearty sauce seems a robust option too good to pass up.

Ponderous Porter from Middletown's Fig Leaf Brewing Company. Contributed

MUDLICK TAPHOUSE

This establishment, which will open its downtown Dayton location later this year, will serve flatbread topped with caramelized onions, goat cheese and thick-cut bacon. Among the six brews and two wines being paired for this dish is the AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. The sweet and malty flavor of the ale should go hand-in-hand with the sweetness that the caramelization will bring out of the onions, with the goat cheese tying it all together.

Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company. Contributed

BRIXX ICE COMPANY

The Dayton bar will offer the Eastern European favorite, pierogis with wild mushroom gravy. Lagers are great for getting a refreshing beer taste that doesn’t overwhelm the food. Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery’s Hans Vienna Style Lager offers a taste of clean toasted bread notes that should mix well with the gravy.

Rhinegeist's Hans from Cincinnati. Contributed

WANDERING GRIFFIN

It seems like beer and roast beef were meant for one another. In that spirit, this Beavercreek brewpub will serve its beef weck sliderThe sandwich, which can be traced back to Western New York State, is thinly sliced roast beef on a kummelweck bun and topped with horseradish. The intensity from the the horseradish might best be met with Dark Horse Brewing Company’s Reserve Special Black Ale. This Michigan brewery product resembles a porter, but with the aftertaste of a stout.

Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company. Contributed

AMBER ROSE

This Dayton restaurant will bring their cinnamon applewood-smoked pork loin.  A good match for the smoky applewood flavor is Ciderboys’ First Press Traditional Hard Cider. This cider offers a crisp and tart taste to wrap around the sweetness of what is sure to be a delicious pork loin. 

First Press Traditional Hard Cider from Ciderboys. Contributed
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