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Garrett Oliver to Appear at Birch & Barley’s First Beer Dinner

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Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery and the best-dressed man in the world of beer, will bring his fancy duds and knowledge of suds to Birch & Barley's first-ever beer dinner on Monday, April 19th.

Tickets are a rather steep $100 each, but include tax and tip and a menu that is far from ordinary. In coordination with Beer Director Greg Engert, Oliver will present eight (yeah, eight) Brooklyn beers, including a few never-before-tasted bottles from his private stash, to complement a tasting menu designed by Executive Chef Kyle Bailey.

Here's what your Ben Franklin will get you:

APERITIF: Brooklyner Weisse , a limited-edition bottle-refermented Bavarian-style hefeweizen

FIRST COURSE: Tuna Niçoise Crudo with Quail Eggs, Green Beans, Olive Salt and Pickled Red Onions paired with Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz 2009, a Brewmaster's Reserve Series beer from last year that is spiced with ginger, tamarind, mace, black pepper, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and chilies

SECOND COURSE: Gnocchi with Rabbit Sausage, Ramps, Ricotta Salata and Fennel Pollen paired with Brooklyn Local 1, a Saison-inspired strong Belgian-style golden ale refermented in the bottle

THIRD COURSE: Lamb Loin with Bulgur Wheat, Asparagus, Peas and Spring Onion paired with Brooklyn Local 2, another Belgian-style strong ale, darker than Local 1, brewed with raw wildflower honey from New York

FOURTH COURSE: Grayson, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Ossau Iraty Cheeses paired with Brooklyn Wild 1 2008, a very special version of Local 1 aged for two years in Bourbon barrels, Brooklyn Monster 2008, a two-year-old version of Brooklyn's barleywine, and Brooklyn Dark Matter, the newest Brewmaster's Reserve Series release–a strong brown ale aged in both Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels then blended

FIFTH COURSE: Almond Rhubarb Shortcake with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Basil paired with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2009, a year-old version of one of The Lagerheads' favorite all-time beers

Can't make it to this event, but still want to see Oliver in action? No problem. He'll be back in town May 18th for a National Geographic event about the glorious beers of Scandanavia.

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