2010 Deschutes Brewery Sagebrush Classic
For the 22nd year Deschutes Brewery will be hosting their Sagebrush Classic. A two day event (July 16-17th 2010) featuring celebrity chefs and a golf tournament at the scenic Broken Top Club in Bend, Oregon. The major highlight of this event is the Classic Feast which “showcases the culinary artistry of national and international star chefs, and has evolved into a must-attend event for chefs and party-goers alike.”
Over 1,000 guests will dine on small-plate samplings of cuisine that has been carefully paired with award-winning craft beers from Deschutes Brewery. Deschutes will pair some of their specialty brews like Abyss & Dissident with this amazing food.
Feel good about planning a trip to the Sagebrush Classic since it is actually a fundraiser for the Deschutes County and Central Oregon charities serving children and families. To date this event has raised over $2 million. What started off as a small event put on by Gary Fish, the founder of Deschutes Brewery, has turned into something special for the community, the patrons attending and everyone who is involved. In my experience, when Deschutes puts on a special event such as a beer release or a special dinner they throw out all of the stops so I am sure this event will be no exception to the rule.
Here is a selection of dishes paired with Deschutes beer that got my attention.
Rioja — Denver, CO
French onion gruyere ravioli on a Olathe Valley corn nage with crispy pork belly and gruyere tuile paired with Mirror Mirror, an oak-aged barley wine that has been in production at the brewery for more than a year. Mirror Mirror is an inspired version of the brewery’s flagship, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, which has been doubled up to barley wine strength – yielding a rich malt base with hints of raisin and oak tinged with the slightest citrus hop aroma. (IBUs: 30, ABV: 11%)
The Chedi Hotel — Phuket, Thailand
Sa-Te Gai – skewered barbecued chicken with peanut sauce paired with Red Chair, a bright copper beauty with a solid head and perfect lacing that typifies Deschutes Brewery ales. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Despite all of this, this IPA is still a hop forward ale, but not in the way many have gotten used to. You will find no cloying, mouth puckering bitterness here. In its place a straight up succulent citrus punch to the nose. (IBUs: 55, ABV: 6.4%)
Blacksmith — Bend, OR
Huckleberry white chocolate spice tart with toasted vanilla meringue paired with The Abyss, a limited release brew immeasurable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors draw you in further and further with each sip. And at 11% alcohol by volume, you will want to slowly savor each and every ounce. (IBUs: 65, ABV: 11%)
Deschutes Brewery — Bend, OR
Malted ice cream cone with Mirror Pond Ale and caramel ice cream dipped in chocolate paired with Black Butter Porter XXI, a tribute to Black Butte Porter, the revolutionary Deschutes Brewery beer that has excited beer enthusiasts since 1988. This special Reserve Series release is a colossal version of Black Butte Porter. Deschutes Brewery enhanced this elixir with Theo’s Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopped with 100 pounds of Bellatazza’s locally roasted coffee, and then aged a portion of it in used whiskey barrels. These regional partners provided quality artisan ingredients that give this commemorative beer a truly handcrafted complexity. (IBUs: 55, ABV: 11%)
Oba Restaurante – Portland, OR
Jamaican jerk crusted seared Ahi tuna with mango-mache salad paired with Miss Spelt, a German ale made with spelt malt, which is an ancient variety of wheat grown in Southern Bavaria. Aromas of banana, clove, and bubble gum rise from this amber colored, lightly hopped ale. As the Germans say, “Prost!” (IBUs: 28, ABV: 5.3%)
For the complete list of international chefs, food and beer visit The Sagebrush Classic website.
Image courtesy of The Sagebrush Classic