Recently, I was invited to attend a beer dinner, hosted by El Palacio Restaurant in Chandler, featuring beers from Breckenridge Brewery. As I haven't been to a beer dinner in years, I gladly accepted the invite!
The dinner was on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:00. I arrived (a few minutes late I'll admit) and found a small group, seated at a long table tucked into the back corner of the main dining room. Rick Lazague, from Crescent Crown Distributing was there, representing the brewery, and did a fantastic job.
Chef Anthony Serrano, owner and chef of El Palacio came up with a spectacular menu for the dinner, and I must say, paired great with the beers! Lets go over the menu, shall we;
Caviche with Summerbright Ale. The caviche was made with lime, lemon and orange juice that paired great with the ale! While not my favorite course in terms of flavors, I think this was probably the best pairing. These two just danced together, and was just wonderful. The citrus worked so well with the crisp clean flavor of the beer, and I really enjoyed this course. Off to a great start!!
Elote with Agave Wheat. This was a fun coarse. There was much discussion at the table as to what this was going to be. Elote means "corn", but normally refers to sort of a grill, corn on the cob version. We were wondering if we were going to get corn on the cob or rather some fancy variant of it. Well, it came out, it was just that, corn on the cob, with cojita cheese, butter and Agave Wheat sauce on it, that was just outstanding! Easily the best corn on the cob I've ever had, and worked very well with sweetness of the beer.
Fish Tacos with Avalanche Ale. OK, I love a good, traditional fish taco. These tacos were not what I would call "traditional", but they were no less good, in fact, they were great! Made with nepali cactus, and cod, these taco's had a sweet, and salty flavor. The beer, formally Breckenridge's flagship beer, worked great. The beer, a crisp, clean, flavorful beer, balanced out the salty sweetness of the tacos. On a side note, this would be a great post hike, summer beer, loved it!
This was a great event, with a bunch of great take away's to think about, and one of the best things I took away from it, aside from my now increased knowledge of Breckenridge (and the new hat and t-shirt), and a great respect for Anthony and the fine folks at El Palacio. was something Rick said about the beers, and the brewery. Too often us "beer folks" get caught up in chasing down the biggest hop bombs, or the rarest barrel age stouts. I've heard them refereed to as "White Whales" before, and its true. While these are awesome beers, and fun to "hunt down" and share with friends, we tend to forget about all the outstanding, flavorful, and easy to find beers that our local brewery's brew up on a daily basis. Beer you can drink, and enjoy, whenever, and where ever you are. Constantly great, flavorful, drinkable beers. These are exactly what Breckenridge literally brought to our table on this evening, and it was spectacular.
I give a hat tip to Rick, and Chef Anthony for a phenomenal menu, and some great beers, it was a great event, and I look forward to the next beer dinner! My thanks also to my friends at HDE for the opportunity to enjoy this evening with you!
So, if you are in area off the 202 and Gilbert Rd's, and looking for a great place to bring the family to eat, check out El Palacio's. If you like good Mexican food, you will not be disappointed, at all!
Visit El Palacio's website here...
Visit Breckenridge's webiste here...
El Palacio is located on
2950 E Germann Rd
Chandler, AZ 85286
Until next time
Bottoms up my friends
The Beer Czar