Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Country House Banquet Center

Written by  Tammie Wahl
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Head Brewer Kim Kim Kowalski from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company talking about their beer for each course

Last week Paul and I attended a beer dinner featuring Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company. This dinner was put on by Country House Catering and Banquet Center located just south of I96 on Okemos Rd in Okemos, MI. This is the first beer dinner we have attended that has been put on by a catering company. We are huge fans of Mt. Pleasant Brewing so we were excited to see what Country House would do with their beers.
Once everyone had arrived and was seated we were greeted by the owner and chef. I really enjoyed this because we were able to see their wonderful personalities and to learn that they truly loves what they do. He then introduced Kim from Mt. Pleasant to introduce us to each beer and tell us a little bit about them. They did a couple different things at this dinner that I have never seen before; they sold 6-packs of Mt. Pleasant Beer at the end of the dinner. This is a genius idea in my opinion because you may love a beer at the dinner but by the time you get to the store to buy some you may have forgotten what it was called because you had so many different beers that night. People seemed to agree and really took advantage of it. The other fun thing that they did was they had us write our names on the back of our ticket, and they did a drawing for Mt. Pleasant merchandise at the end of the dinner.

They served 5 courses at this dinner. A couple of my favorites were the Honey/Toasted Sesame Chicken Satay on Black Bean/Corn Salsa with Train Wreck American Amber Ale and the Cocoa Cake Ball served with the Stream Engine Stout. We all know from previous articles that I am a sucker for chocolate desserts and a good stout, so naturally I was going to love this course. If you have never had a cake ball before, you need to have one immediately. The Chicken Satay was a great pair with the Train Wreck because the maltiness of the Amber Ale  paired well with the savoriness of the chicken and the sweetness of the corn salsa.

Paul was a big fan of the Smoked Gouda and Pulled Pork sandwich served with the Crazy Train Black IPA. This was a great slider because the meat was smoked on site and the bun was homemade as well. The smoky/spiciness of the slider paired great with the bitterness and slight malty flavor of the Black IPA. Paul's other favorite course was the personal homemade pizza with Green Pepper, Pepperoncinis, Jalapenos and Feta Cheese. They served this pizza with the Cow Catcher Red Ale. They somehow managed to nail Paul's favorite pizza topping combination and lets face it, any pizza goes amazing with a nice red ale.

Country House Catering and Banquet Center has only been doing their beer dinners for a few months but if they keep hosting dinners like this one, they are going to be selling out every dinner they host. Paul and I plan on attending their dinner next month, and I highly suggest you get your tickets and check them out.