The Basta/Bruery Pairing Dinner Prep

We are moving now closer to the showdown between Kelly Whitaker, Al Henkin, and me on pizza versus Patrick Rue on beer.  It all began at, and was inspired by, this dinner at Basta - Wood Fired Eatery and Pizzeria, where Kelly and Al came up with a wonderful tasting menu inspired by some of the beers from Orange County artisan brewery, The Bruery.  In this segment you will see Al and Kelly briefing their serving staff on the courses and the beers, including Patrick's explanation of his IPL (Imperial Pale Lager as opposed to an India Pale Ale). There was a wonderful Farro Salad with Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese (one of my all time favorites), as well as Pan Roasted Divers Scallops, Quail, Rack of Lamb, and a thoughtfully selected cheese course (see Al's mini-course on cheese and beer pairings in an earlier webisode). Most interesting of all is that Al and Kelly chose to go with a French theme rather than staying in their usual wheelhouse, Italian. Of course, they both paid their dues for years working in fine French dining, so this was but a mere dip into their previous treasure chest of training and a chance to flex their wings.

This all leads to our next webisode, coming soon, when we all sit down and come up with the Signature Pizza/Beer Challenge. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Enjoy this one first, an appetizer, so to speak, of things to come.



#1 bfogt 2013-02-14 08:25
What's the connection between Bruery and Basta? With so many good to great breweries in and around Boulder, I'd have thought they would prefer local.
#2 Brad English 2013-02-14 09:08
I think Kelly and Alan came across The Bruery and love what they are doing. They are definitely aware of and into the local brewing scene as well.

We were filming some stuff with Kelly one day and he served us one of the Bruery's Saisons and knowing a lot about the Bruery went on and on about what they were doing. You could tell how much he respected them as craft brewers. Because of that, I visited the Bruery back in LA (Orange County) and this whole series was born.

Maybe Kelly can expand on this? Or, Alan?
#3 Peter Reinhart 2013-02-14 09:56
Yes, we address this in the next segment, which should post in a couple of weeks. I asked Kelly the exact same question so hang in there and check back when that one goes up.
#4 Alan Henkin 2013-02-14 10:40
I would be happy to answer this question. The Bruery is a young craft beer company that is focusing on old world styles and making them contemporary by using different ingredients or just by adding their own touches. This is evident in the fact that they only sell large format 750ml bottles and bottle condition every beer and that the styles are mostly Belgian and French and Danish. Basta is also a young company that is using the model of the traditional wood fire pizzeria from the old world but making it contemporary and adjusting the flavors for the American palate. There is a beautiful cross over found between Kelly Whitaker's cooking style and Patrick Rue's brewing style that fell into place perfectly for us at Basta.
#5 bfogt 2013-02-14 10:59
That sounds like a great fit. I have heard more about The Bruery from friends at GABF than anywhere and for a while thought they might be near Denver. As a beer judge and an owner of a Fire Within oven, this topic strikes near to my heart. I'm in Columbus, Indiana, where there are 45,000 people and four breweries. 3 have started within the last 13 months. The other grew from 20 gallon to 10 barrel batches in the same period. The natural pairing will be hard to resist. I am looking forward to seeing your next installment.
#6 Brad English 2013-02-14 16:00
We wrote about the final pairing and event on the site, but are now just getting to the editing of the footage we shot. Let me jump forward and say that the pizza that Kelly and Alan came up with to go on the dough that Peter came up with and the beer that Patrick and his team came up with went so well together! I can only hope they brew the beer again down the road because the keg that Patrick Rue gave me ran dry long ago! I can make a pizza similar to Kelly's Challenge Pizza, but I can't make Patrick's Bier de Garde (Birra Basta)!

Here's a link to one of my attempts to recreate the masterpiece:
#7 bfogt 2013-02-14 18:07
Lucky for me, I have an award winning Bier de Garde recipe. Gold at the World Expo of Beer, no less! My go-to beer for pizza is Dortmunder Export, though. Being balanced and session strength but with malt and hop character really works well for me. Good (domestic) examples are Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Bell's Lager (of the Lakes).
#8 Brad English 2013-02-14 20:28

I think it's time you wrote an article or two!

Great, now I have to go find some Great Lakes Dortmunder! Another quest...
#9 bfogt 2013-02-14 20:59
Not yet! Maybe in September when things start slowing down. I am in the process of contracting tomato crops, changing commissary kitchens, and ensuring fair treatment from city hall. I'll be happy to share. As a matter of fact, I just started back into my blog tonight with how I accidentally found myself in the tomato business.

It's going to be an exciting summer.
#10 Peter Reinhart 2013-02-14 21:11
Can you send us your blog address so we can let our followers check it out? Also, are you running a mobile pizzeria plus a micro-brewery, or what? No wonder you're so busy!

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