King Estate was invited by 16 Tons to participate in a delicious battle at their South Eugene location (Supreme Bean) on May 11th. The 5 courses of charcuterie were provided by Falling Sky Brewery, while King Estate and The Commons Brewery (from SE Portland) battled head to head to determine the best charcuterie pairing. Each course was carefully paired with a different wine and beer, and each participant was encouraged to take tasting notes and discuss which pairing they enjoyed most. Representatives from The Commons Brewery and King Estate gave educational insight into beer and winemaking as well as the delicate art of food pairing.
Here are the pairings:
1. Beet Cured Salmon with Sage and Coriander Carrots.
Beer: Bottle Conditioned Urban Farmhouse Ale, Wine: Acrobat Pinot Gris
2. Country Pork Terrine with Sherry Pickled Rams
Beer: Pale Evening Ale, Wine: Acrobat Pinot Noir
3. Duck Prosciutto with Pickled Hop Shoots
Beer: Blonde Ale, Wine: Columbia Valley Syrah
4. Chicken Liver Mousse with Pickled Shallots
Beer: Bottle Conditioned Biere de Garde, Wine: Oregon Riesling Glace
5. Lentil Pate with Spiced Hazelnuts
Beer: Bottle Conditioned Flemish Kiss, Wine :NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling
Despite the event’s name, the atmosphere was peaceful and relaxed, the competition was anything but fierce. In the end, there was no clear winner other than the participants.