Perfect Pairings at Nola Beer Dinner

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Ever since my first visit to Which Craft?, I’ve been enjoying Song Phi Nong’s delicious Thai food in the bar while slowly exploring the extensive beer list. This weekend, though, Lindsay and I made a special exception and ate in the restaurant proper to indulge in the best meal we’ve had there yet: a four course collaboration between Song Phi Nong, Which Craft?, and Nola Brewing.

My only disappointment of the night came early and was quickly dismissed. We were led to our assigned table past a group of friends we were hoping the dine with, their table already full. It wasn’t long, though, before we were talking about favorite restauants and movies with the other guests at our table who turned out to be great company to share such an incredible meal with.

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Donny and Frank, the owners of Which Craft? welcomed everyone and introduced their friends from Nola Brewing who got up to explain how they worked with the four course menu to pair one of their beers to each dish. We started with a Thai salad that looked really simple but was full of complex flavors from the spice and cilantro. It was paired with Nola’s 7th St. Wheat, a perfect choice with its light citrus taste.

Second was yellow curry with grilled shrimp and peas over rice. As usual, the curry was great. It was paired with Nola’s popular Blonde Ale. I like how dark and hoppy Nola’s beer is compared to other blondes.

The third course stole the show: braised pork with noodles, broccoli, and a boiled egg on top paired with Nola Brown Ale. I’m a sucker for anything with egg, but the dark, sweet sauce and chocolaty beer were irresistible together. Extra portions were handed out for some of the courses at the end of the night, and had I not been stuffed, I would have gone for seconds of this delicious pork.

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Last was a simple dessert of amaretto peach with vanilla ice cream. The pairing with Nola’s Smoky Mary sounded strange at first, but the smoked flavor was very light and served as a nice ending to the meal. Afterward, we rejoined our friends in the bar and recounted our favorite dishes. On our way out, Frank told us we can expect more beer dinners in partnership with Louisiana breweries to come. I can’t wait.

Song Phi Nong | 279 Enterprise Dr #A, Houma (985) 872-9010

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