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Buckbean Brewery dinner on tap at Truckee’s Dragonfly

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8211; Back by popular demand, Dragonfly Restaurant is teaming up with Renoand#8217;s Buckbean Brewery for a Beer Makerand#8217;s dinner Friday, June 11. This yearand#8217;s event is even more enticing with a lodging package, which offers 20 percent off rates at the Truckee Hotel within easy walking distance from Dragonfly.

Dragonflyand#8217;s Billy McCullough and Buckbean Brewing Companyand#8217;s Doug Booth and Dan Kahn will again join their forces.

and#8220;I was immediately impressed when I met Doug and#8211; the way he spoke about beer was almost like how a chef talks about food,and#8221; recalls McCullough. and#8220;Dragonfly was the first restaurant to carry Buckbean. Partnering with Buckbean is in keeping with our whole philosophy of local sustainability and supporting local products.and#8221;

Brew master Dan Kahn says pairing food and beer is a little different from pairing food and wine.

and#8220;With wine you generally look for flavor contrasts, while with beer you generally pair similar flavors, although contrast can also work very well in some cases,and#8221; Kahn explains. and#8220;Billy understood all this right away.and#8221;

Kahn says the vast range of beer flavors and styles makes for great food pairings. West Coast brewers like Buckbean have put the same type of creativity and experimentation into their beer that California chefs like McCullough have shown with their food.

and#8220;So the two are actually a very natural match,and#8221; Kahn adds. and#8220;The Original Orange Blossom Ale, in particular, is an excellent match for all of Billyand#8217;s Asian dishes. The fragrant complexity of the orange flowers really highlights other bright flavors like cilantro, citrus, ginger and hot pepper.and#8221;

Consider some of culinary highlights of the Buckbean Brewery Beer Makerand#8217;s Dinner. The savory repast begins with hot and spicy shrimp potstickers paired with Buckbeanand#8217;s Roler Bock and continues with a grilled Kobe beef slider with Great Hill Farms blue cheese, caramelized onion and IPA infused ketchup paired with Buckbeanand#8217;s Adaven IPA. The menuand#8217;s centerpiece is the Red Ale Chinese five spice braised Muscovy duck with ginger mash potatoes, which is served with Buckbeanand#8217;s Tule Duck. The sublime dinner is concluded with a Noddy glazed chocolate cake with caramel Chantilly cream paired with Buckbeanand#8217;s Black Noddy.

Beer Makerand#8217;s Dinner participants will also have a chance to meet the affable brew master, learn about the brewing processes, taste the malts, smell the hops and more. The four-course dinner, which includes beer pairings, is priced at $42 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended at (530) 587-0557.

The Beer Makerand#8217;s Lodging Package offers guests who wish to spend the night in Truckee a 20 percent discount on any Truckee Hotel room for the evening of June 11 which can be booked by calling (530) 587-4444.

Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, right in the heart of downtown Truckee. For more information on Dragonfly, visit http://www.dragonflycuisine.com. Beer lovers visit http://www.buckbeanbeer.com.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@sierrasun.com.

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