Imperial Session Pairing Dinner Features the Beers of New England

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You may know or recognize Advanced Cicerone Ryan Spencer from his day job bartending at Bailey’s Taproom, but did you know he also hosts a quarterly beer dinner series with Chef Spencer Watari of Clyde Commons called “Imperial Session”? Well, the next beer pairing dinner series is on February 12th and features on beers from New England, and very limited tickets are on sale now.
Imperial Session’s dinner series take’s place at downtown Portland bar Shift Drinks’ Makeshift Room. Each beer in this month’s dinner was carefully selected to pair with a unique menu item designed to represent NW ingredients. All beers featured in the dinner are currently unavailable in Oregon, offering guests the rare opportunity to taste several beers they may never have access to again.
Washed Rind Cheese, Baguette, Honey
Allagash Coolship Resurgam
Shaved Brussels, Bearnaise, Lardo, Crostini
Von Trapp Helles
Squid Ink Tagliatelle, Chanterelle Conserva, Roasted Winter Squash
Hill Farmstead Dorothy
Duck Roulade, Curry Sauce, Pear Agrodolce
Trillium Oat Porter
Horchata Creme Brûlée, Old Tom Brittle
Maine Beer Co Mean Old Tom
The dinner will take place on February 12th at Shift Drinks in the Makeshift Room. The event will begin at 7:00 PM with dinner service beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the five-course dinner are $60 and currently available here.

About Imperial Session
Ryan Spencer (Bailey’s Taproom, Gigantic, Deschutes) and Spencer Watari (Clyde Common, Pok Pok) have collaborated on a dinner series designed to break down the biases and commitments attached to “Brewer’s Dinners”. Beer dinner events often feature a single restaurant working with a single brewery. The Imperial Session dinners will be a way for guests to experience the wide range of flavor interactions created from craft beer and food with no requirements set by breweries or participating restaurants.


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