We were privileged to receive an invite to the first ever collaborative beer dinner put on by The Soup Spoon Cafe
in Lansing and Vine and Brew
, the specialty wine, beer, and food shop in Okemos. The theme of the dinner was "rare beers", focusing on those pricey, hard to come by limited release beers that have become more and more popular as enthusiasm for craft beer has grown. Typically, these beers have very unique and interesting flavors derived from specific spices, fruits, or aging processes, so they lend the opportunity for some great pairings with food.