Simone Sylvestre, a member of the Laytons sales team was delighted to attend the recent ‘Fine Wine v Beer’ dinner event at the White Swan in Chancery Lane, hosted by Paulo Brammer, ETM Group’s Head Sommelier.
All guests were served a delicious five course menu, with a glass of fine wine, specially selected by Simone, plus a beer chosen by Ben McFarland, beer connoisseur and co-owner of Dwink.
The night was fun and made people think and question ‘Does beer match food as well as wine?’
Over recent decades, wine has been considered the drink of choice, and many of us automatically reach for a bottle of wine when dining, rather than exploring other avenues. However, increasingly, brewers and beer writers are recommending beer as an accompaniment to food, and, it is starting to find a place at restaurant tables, as people discover what a delicious, and versatile, partner it is. The variety of flavours derived from different hop strains and ingredients are able to contrast and complement a range of tastes and dishes.
The results from the tasting are below, and at the end of the evening a winner was announced!
Menu and scores
Grilled English asparagus, duck egg, keta and lardo
Blue Moon Wheat, USA (YES)
N.V Dominio De La Vega, Cava Brut, Utiel-Requena (NO)
Seared scallops, smoked aubergine, preserved lemon and coriander
Samuel Smith, Organic Lager, North Yorkshire, England (NO)
Terradora di Paolo, Grecco di Tufo Loggia, della Serra 2009 (YES)
Roast English veal rump and sweetbread, dandelion, basil and olives
Oakham Citra Pale Ale, Peterborough, England (YES)
Amy's, Moss Woods, Margaret River, Australia 2008 (NO)
Montgomery, rhubarb chutney, buttermilk crackers
BrewDog, 5am Saint Amber Ale, Scotland (NO)
Quinta das Cerejeiras, Lisboa 2008 (YES)
Bitter chocolate tart, star anise ice cream
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, Ochil Hills, Scotland (NO)
Pedro Ximenez, La Gitana (YES)
The winner was: WINE!
During the tasting it was clear that wine was a better match with food, but everybody agreed that beer was good as an aperitif and digestive.