Dry aged beef tartare, radish, Jerusalem artichoke emulsion, and tallow fat breadcrumbs

DCMash: The Ultimate Dinner with Friends at The Royal

There’s a couple things I learned at “#DCMash: Dinner with Friends at The Royal.” First, Brooklyn Brewery can throw a killer dinner and second, chef Andrew Gerson is a culinary wizard.

Brooklyn Brewery has been on an international tour, stopping at major cities like Stockholm, London, Paris, Chicago, and our very own DC. The theme is reimagining the basics of celebration, which entails four days of events: the meal, the beer festival, the bar crawl, and the concert.

With a theme of celebration, it was fitting that the DC portion of the tour started off with an intimate dinner that highlighted friendship and food. Guests were seated at communal tables and all plates were shared. By the end of the night, after nine plates and seven beer pairings, friendship was inevitable.

The food and beer was all fantastic. If Brooklyn Brewery is to ever bring their “Dinner with Friends” to DC again, I’ll be the first in line.

Here’s a look at the unique one-night-only menu:

First Course
Plates paired with  Sorachi Ace and Yokai (Ghost Bottle: strong Belgian ale aged on sake lees). 

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Grilled squid, corn emulsion, roasted garlic, seafood nage, and cilantro

 

Scallop ceviche: citrus, fish sauce, and herbs
Scallop ceviche: citrus, fish sauce, and herbs
Housemade burrata, tomato, sourdough, pickled shallots, and basil
Housemade burrata, tomato, sourdough, pickled shallots, and basil

Second Course
Plates paired with Local 1 and Galahad (Ghost Bottle: Belgian tripel aged on cider lees).

Kale salad, miso lemon vinaigrette, shallots, and hazelnuts
Kale salad, miso lemon vinaigrette, shallots, and hazelnuts
Cheese arepa, aji sauce, avocado puree, queso fresco, and grilled red cabbage
Cheese arepa, aji sauce, avocado puree, queso fresco, and grilled red cabbage
Squash 3 Ways, squash blossoms, and alpine fonduta
Squash 3 Ways, squash blossoms, and alpine fonduta

Third Course
Plates paired with K is for Kriek and The Discreet Charm of the Framboisie.

Dry aged beef tartare, radish, Jerusalem artichoke emulsion, and tallow fat breadcrumbs
Dry aged beef tartare, radish, Jerusalem artichoke emulsion, and tallow fat breadcrumbs
 Seared duck breast, confit leg, celery, orange, grilled shishito peppers, and duck demi glace
Seared duck breast, confit leg, celery, orange, grilled shishito peppers, and duck demi glace

Dessert
Plate paired with Black Ops.

White chocolate mousse tartlet, corn, cocoa, and blueberry bay leaf cream
White chocolate mousse tartlet, corn, cocoa, and blueberry bay leaf cream

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