Chow.com pairs Old Rasputin with Black Forest Strata cake. "The contrasting beer, Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout, makes your taste buds stand to attention; it's very complex and chocolaty. If you are taking the indulgent route for this meal, then this is the perfect beer to end things with."
The Sophisticated Palate
Culinary Institute of America
The Sophisticated Palate program, developed and coordinated by celebrated chef John Ash, features pairings with many North Coast Brewing beers. Menu choices include seven beers, running the spectrum from light to heavy. Students learn first-hand about the vibrant and diverse world of food and beverage.
Blue Star Wheat Beer
Grilled Corn Salad
Red Seal Ale
Wild Mushroom Quesadilla with Charred Tomato Salsa
Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Ahi Tuna Ceviche with Mango and Avocado
Scrimshaw Pilsner Beer
Grilled Brined Shrimp with Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa
Acme California IPA
Fish Tacos with Citrus Salsa and Cabbage Slaw
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Lime-Chipotle Sauce
PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale
Fire and Ice Melon
Craft brews present complex flavors that are very food friendly. Beer lovers around the country have taken note and they are enthusiastically exploring an expanded world of beer and food pairings.
–Mark Ruedrich, Brewmaster