With five courses and five local brews, Broadway Brewery's February Beer Dinner is sure to draw a crowd. Photo courtesy of Broadway Brewery.

What could be better than enjoying a house-crafted beer and a locally sourced dish at Columbia’s own Broadway Brewery after a long day of work? Well, how about enjoying a masterfully created menu of five house-crafted brews and five dishes in a single evening?

That can only mean one thing: Broadway Brewery’s first beer-dinner pairing of 2012 will take place on Monday, Feb. 6.

On the first Monday of every month, the Brewery’s executive chef Bryan Maness, sometimes along with sous chefs Brandon Lang and Jay Westcott, design a unique five-course menu consisting of five dishes and five house-crafted beers. For this upcoming pairing, the cost per person is $40.

But if you want in, reservations for the pairing are required due to limited space. Let it be known, however, that the standard menu is offered simultaneously for those who prefer to stick to their guns. Although a few spots are usually available for walk-ins, these monthly events fill the restaurant up fast.

The Brewery held its most recent beer pairing on New Year’s Eve and drew an impressive crowd of 80 patrons. Maness says he expects around 60 hungry (and thirsty) folks this time around. Of course the portions are slightly smaller than normal and the beer is served in half-pints, but there are still five of each. You can let your stomach do the math.

So how does Maness decide what exactly is served? He says it usually takes him a week to conceptualize a beer-dinner pairing from start to finish.

“I’m constantly writing things down,” Maness says. “It’s all about the flavor. It’s a way for people to try delicious food that’s out of their box and taste it with some crafted brews as well.”

According to the culinary expert, richer flavors work well together; similarly, lighter ones complement each other. A darker, richer brew, for example, would be best paired with a densely flavored dish.

Maness also uses the pairings as opportunities to showcase the Broadway Brewery personality. The pairing in December included beef in every single course, including a dessert called “spotted dick,” a sugary British pudding.

By now you are probably wondering what in the world is on tap for the pairing this Monday, so we won’t keep you in the dark any longer. This winter menu is designed to warm you up. And fill you up.

French Onion Soup

Sweet Vidalia onions in a sherried beef broth with Gruyere gratin
Pairing: Irish Stout

Warm Guanciale Salad

House-cured Berkshire guanciale (pig jowl) with caramelized Brussels sprouts, fried garlic chips, garden cress and crème fraiche
Pairing: Pinnacles IPA

Smoked Salmon Cakes

Applewood-smoked Atlantic salmon in a delicious fried cake with Meyer lemon aioli
Pairing: Brown Ale

Rosemary Roasted Quail

Semi-boneless quail stuffed with a shitake and Portobello duxelle
Pairing: ESB

Chocolate Truffles

Dark chocolate confection served with a raspberry Habanero ice cream
Pairing: Porter

Broadway Brewery is located at 816 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.
Tel:   (573)443-5054

Hours of operation:

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.

Monday: 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

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