I love a good beer dinner. It’s a chance to meet some new people and drink some tasty brews along side some delectable food and support the local restaurant scene all at the same time! That’s exactly why I attended the Hangar 24 Black Gold Golf Club beer dinner, and well…because I love Hangar beer. I was also excited about photographing a golf club because I don’t think I have done that yet and I love a good challenge.
I arrived about 10 minutes early and snapped a few quick shots outside before wandering into the posh yet relaxed club. I sought-out the bar and spotted Dallas of Hangar 24 immediately (if you are around the craft beer scene, chances are you know or have met Dallas..he’s hard to miss or forget). After a warm hello with Dallas, I was promptly introduced to Kurt of Beers in Paradise (whom I think I have met before) and served the flagship Orange Wheat with the fitting orange slice. The beer geek in me was trying to forget the fruit and chilled glass and kept telling myself that in this heat, I should be thankful of a chilled glass and the cortisol-reducing orange slice. After chatting for a bit, me and Kurt excused ourselves to take some pics outside on the picturesque patio overlooking parts of the expansive golf course.
I ventured out towards the front of the entrance by the driving range on my own for some more golf-inspired pics and working-up a bit of a sweat. Hey, slow your roll everyone, it was like 85 degrees out. Cut me some slack. The cool interior rushed back into my life as I rushed back inside so I wouldn’t be late to the start of the dinner. After a few short minutes of some various meats on a stick and very fancy-looking cheese platter, it was time to begin.
Seats assigned and first beers poured, Dallas described the first course. A salad seems simple enough but this was certainly beautiful and had such complexity. I was impressed the dressing was made with beer. The edible flower pedals made me feel like I should have worn a dress but I happily chowed-down on the fancy salad regardless. The Polycot went very well with the lightness and subtle flavor profile.
The next beer, Oktoberfest, went with the roasted chicken served with potatoes and baby bok choy. It was a bit of a shock for my palate to go from something so light to the maltiness of the Oktoberfest but it ended-up being a nice compliment to the savory chicken and the slight bitterness of the bok choy. Finally we enjoyed spumoni crepes with Chocolate Porter. I know there was some porter-haters at my table, but I did my best to convince them this was the perfect pairing. I love a hoppy porter with a sweet dessert because it cuts the sweetness nicely and makes you ready to go back for more. It was a lovely end to a very satisfying meal. Dallas did such a good job presenting every dish to the craft beer curious crowd and I left enchanted by the loveliness of the Black Gold Golf Club. I hope to be back very soon! Oh…and for like $35 it was so worth it.
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