A Hand-Crafted Dining Experience: Suffolk Punch Beer DinnerJune 18, 2019 2:52 pm
The chef is at the table. A brew team has customized beer pairings ready to go. It’s Thursday night at The Suffolk Punch in South End and a sublime dining adventure is taking place.
It’s “Beer Dinner,” a unique experience devised by the crafty minds behind one of South End’s innovative breweries. Executive Chef Eric Litaker guides a limited number of diners through five elegant, seasonal courses, each accompanied by a different Suffolk Punch draft, and highlighting flavors brought out by the pairings. These monthly dinners are a culmination of the brewery’s mission: to bring excellence in all forms of craft together.
Beer Dinner is offered the last Thursday of the month in the dining room of Suffolk Punch, to no more than 16 diners, for $65 per person (gratuity NOT included). The menu changes for each event; here are the summer-inspired courses participants can expect on June 27:
Beau Soleil oysters on the half-shell, caraway crema, balsamic pearls, snipped chives
Paired with: Bayern Echo Hefeweizen
House-crafted pappardelle, roasted portabella mushrooms, Sungold tomato puree
Paired with: Pool Party Witbier
Butter-poached lobster tail, saffron emulsion, frisee, chili oil
Paired with: Blue Daisy Pilsner
Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, sweet corn soubise, kohlrabi & radish slaw, maple-chipotle glaze
Paired with: Eyes On The Pies English Strong Ale
Lemon cheesecake spring rolls, blueberry coulis
Paired with: Hyde In The Haze New England IPA
Charlotte native Chef Litaker brings 30 years’ experience to the Suffolk Punch table. He is inspired by global cuisine but holds fast to his Southern roots and creates his menus from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Brewer Brant Butler of Louisville, KY, boasts extensive knowledge of food and beer pairings, having been named a Certified Cicerone (a.k.a. beer sommelier) at age 21, the youngest in Kentucky history to do so.
The next opportunity to go behind the scenes and enjoy this high-level tasting experience is June 27th, from 6:30- 8:30 pm. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are a must.
The Suffolk Punch is at 2911 Griffith Street, directly adjacent to the Blue Line’s New Bern Station.
Insider tip: Sign up for Suffolk Punch emails for advance notice of these events and access to discounted tickets.
Beer Dinner is just one example of what South End breweries have on offer. Use this Neighborhood Guide to explore what else is on tap.
Photo above is by Joshua Vasko.