Pints and Plates announces winning combo


American Craft Beer Week ushered in the second annual Pints & Plates brewery-and-restaurant pairing event downtown a couple weeks ago, featuring 16 eateries and 13 breweries. 

Tuesday, the Downtown Partnership announced the People’s Choice Awards, with second place going to the Mediterranean Cafe and Smiling Toad Brewery

Here's what they paired:
Orange Blossom & Coriander IPA with Turkish Baharat Lamb Chop or Chicken with rice, beet salad, tahini, hummus, tabouleh and grilled pita. 

Which leaves the top honor going to MacKenzie’s Chop House and Nano 108 Brewing, who also collaborated in 2015 and placed second. (Smiling Toad won first that year with Odyssey Gastropub.)

Here's what the two outfits collaborated on for 2016's event:
German hefeweizen paired with a choice of several offerings: Yuzu Koshu cured Hamachi appetizer with apple and fried ginger salad; jumbo shrimp, scallop, and lobster Newberg entree; or a banana dipped in a funnel-cake-batter, deep fried and crowned with ice cream, peanut butter caramel sauce and pineapple topping for dessert. MacKenzie's plans to further this year's ambitious offering with a tiki-style beer cocktail utilizing Nano 108's hefeweizen, described by brewer Keith Altemose as a "pale and refreshing wheat beer with high carbonation, dry finish and a distinctive banana and clove yeast character." The first cocktail is the Nano 108 Barbados Punch made with hefeweizen, Mount Gay rum, Aperol, Orgeat syrup, lemon and orange bitters. The second is the Agave Apple Swizzle made with hefeweizen, Hornitos Reposado, St. Elisabeth Allspice dram, apple, lemon and velvet falernum.

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