Andrea and I attend the Beer & Pork Dinner at The State Room in the Kellogg Center on Tuesday. The State Room had done a great job with the wine dinners we had attended before, so we tried the beer dinner, which was a first for us, and them as well. Take a look at the menu:
- Savory Custard (with bacon)
- Pastured Bacon Wrapped Scallop
- Braised Pork Shoulder salad
- Cambozola Cheese Stuffed Pork Meatloaf
- Dragon’s Milk Stout Ice Cream
That’s a lot of pork. Even the ice cream had bacon on it, so it was a meal geared for me, who sees bacon as a sign that God exists.
New Holland was the hosting brewery. Their beers were good overall, but I really enjoyed the Charkoota, and not just because of the name, which sounds like some kind of Zulu warrior king. The beer was smoky and spicy and very good. I had never tasted anything like it, and I’ll be looking to buy that one again.
The beer dinner, like the wine dinners we have previously attended, did not leave us wanting for more food. Though each plate was relatively small, the meatloaf being the exception, there were enough courses to fill us up.
Andrea was so enthralled with the garlic butter that she took it home with us. I cannot say anything disparaging about it, otherwise, Andrea would come at me with a sharp object. She has a fanatical devotion to that butter.
My one criticism of our experience was the pork lady. She was an MSU farm advocate and kept going on and on about “sustainable food.” I’ll be honest – I don’t care if a pig lives on an open field, in an enclosed space, or the Playboy mansion. It’s a pig. It’s my food. I don’t care about its comfort.
If you have a chance to go to one of The State Room’s special dinner (there is one coming up in February), do so. We’ve eaten there for a regular meal and were not that impressed, but the wine and beer dinners have been outstanding.