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So last weekend, we were invited to a beer lovers dream come true.  Our friends at Michael’s Genuine launched their new beer, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, with a four-course dinner at their Camana Bay restaurant.  Let’s just jump right into this menu of awesome, shall we?

The amuse bouche was a rock shrimp terrine with dill-pickled long beans, rye bread, beer mustard and micro greens.  Lovely flavor combination with the dill pickled long beans making my mouth do a little cartwheel.

When I got a sneak peak at the menu, this was the dish I was most looking forward to.  It did not disappoint.  Biltong is a South African dish and was a natural progression for Chef Thomas Tennant who has been on a glorious cured meat kick for weeks. The homemade biltong was served with a 7-minute local egg, avocado and dried olives and paired with a Peak Organic Pale Ale from Maine.

The second course featured the star of the night in the form of home brew steamed mussels with brown rice, orange segments and freshly grated turmeric.  Naturally, it was served with a glass of the new American ale.  This was my first brush with mussels.  I’m now officially a fan!

Up next was a roasted leg of lamb with parsnip puree, grilled fennel, pearl onions, meyer lemon, capers, tarragon and saffron oil served alongside a cold glass of Back Forty, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Alabama. This fare was Clark Kent approved.  The parsnip puree pretty much blew my mind.

Wow, right?  That’s a granny smith apple beignet with Flying Dog Imperial Porter-cocoa ice cream.

Beer ice cream.


Since treating us to a fabulous dinner wasn’t quite generous enough, Chef Thomas hand-delivered a 22 oz bottle of Michael’s Genuine Home Brew to me a few days later.  CK and I aren’t big drinkers anymore so I instantly hit up the blogosphere for some beer-related recipes.

That’s some super yummy beer bread, Drunken Mac ‘n Cheese and beer and ginger marinaded chicken with noodles.  All awesome…thanks to beer 🙂

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  2. What a fine meal you enjoyed with such creative dishes!! We have some beer pairing dinners round here, not quite as gourmet I think but you have inspired me to try one!!

  3. Very creative dishes, especially beer ice cream? I had to stop for a moment to think how it would taste like! There’s always a first, but I’m stunned with this special flavor! 😀

  4. For some reason mussles freak me out – I need to put on my big girl pants and just give them a shot but at least they look awesome on the plate. I’m fascinated by this biltong and 7 minute egg plate – that looks amazing. Great restaurant run down.

  5. Did I hear that right? BEER ice cream? Oh yummm…. Loved the rest of it, too. Booking my flight soon! 🙂

  6. You attend such fabulous events! Hubby would be in heaven at this one! I would be oohing and ahhing over the food, and he’d be enjoying the beer. Win-win 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  7. WOW, looks amazing 🙂 Love your blog

  8. Sounds like a really interesting and unusual menu from start to finish – or is it that I just love beer? Love the shrimp starter and your gorgeous photos.

  9. The courses are so creative! I never knew you could do so much with beer! 😀

  10. that all reminds me of the family feasts we used to have every july. =)
    Now the idea of milk products with beer has been going around recently, I m still not that convinced. maybe I should give it a try though!

  11. I used to not like beer but I love it now! Love the idea of beer ice cream and the food looks so good! 😀

  12. I’m really not a big beer fan. I know. gasp!! but this menu looks amazing and very very inviting. great review, lisa!

  13. Sign me up for the beer ice cream!!!

  14. Wonderful use of beer in this recipe! The more unique and flavorful the beer, the better it contributes to a recipe. I love the ice cream creation – well done, Parsley Sage!

  15. Oh my, it’s been way too long since I visited your blog. Ever since the demise of Foodbuzz, I don’t know how to keep up with old friends. Love this restaurant review!

  16. I’m not even a beer fan and yet I’m tempted with all of this menu. Serious time. The dessert has done it: apple beignets with that beer ice cream. Now that IS epic, as you say! Fabulous.

  17. What an amazing looking meal! Beer ice cream?! Heck yeah! 🙂

  18. I love a good beer, what a fun dinner to have! Hubby isn’t a fan of beer, but does like the flavor when stuff is cooked in it.

  19. I LOVE a good beer! And your friend’s sounds amazing… as does your hard boiled eggs (they look perfect!!!). Hugs chica! 😀

  20. Biltong looks so good esp seeing the eggs esp the yolks. Beer ice-cream is new to me but I would love to try out. Beer used to be my fav those days but now is like a glass of red wine for the weekends.

  21. that’s quite an extensive menu and everything is presented in a beautiful manner!

  22. love their food went to the one in Miami thanks for the kind comment on my blog

  23. Beer ice cream is seriously such a cool idea – sounds like a great eatery!

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I must try beer ice cream. I’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. 🙂

  25. Beer ice cream sounds fantastic!

  26. Beer ice cream? wow that’s unusual and fascinating.
    Food looks great there.

  27. This restaurant looks awesome! I can’t wait to visit it one day.

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