Garrett Oliver hosted a very special beer dinner for us on May 16. Guests were treated to an amazing dinner featuring dishes created by Chef David Mitchell and beers from Oliver’s Brooklyn Brewery.

A slight variation on the typical beer dinner, Chef created the dishes and Oliver chose the beers to compliment the food palate. Known for his food-pairing prowess, Oliver did not disappoint. He augmented a few standards from Brooklyn’s repertoire (East India Pale Ale, Local 1, Black Chocolate Stout) with some rare brews.

Ama Bionda, a new beer that Brooklyn has created and brewed in Italy paired perfectly with Chef’s Brie and truffle tortellini. Dinner guests were some of the first stateside to sample the beer which is brewed specifically to pair with pasta. Cuvee Elijah, Cuvee Noire aged in Elijah Craig barrels, played well with the braised short ribs. This is one of Brooklyn’s “Ghost Beers” brewed for special events and brewery pours. Dessert was a sweet and malty treat, pairing Black Ops and Black Chocolate Stout with a dessert of flourless chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse and caramel corn.

Oliver was at turns hilarious and informative. His passion for beer was evident through playful jabs at wine (beer is better food compliment) and evangelizing for craft beer culture (your first pint should always be a local brew). It was a great night all around, special thanks to Garrett Oliver for spending the evening with us at the Busy Bee.