Beer & Appetizer Pairing At The Good Beer

Beer & Appetizer Pairing At The Good Beer
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What better way to spend your lunch hour than pairing some of our finest appetizers with one of the best brews in the Southland?

What better way to spend a Tuesday lunch hour than with a beer pairing? And, that’s exactly what we did yesterday on a lovely Tuesday afternoon.

One of our best customers happens to be the luxurious Prisma Apartments located not too far from our headquarters in Santa Ana. And, coming up soon on their calendar of special events for their valued tenants is a going to be a terrific evening of craft beer and appetizers. Doesn’t that make you just want to sign a lease with them like right now?!

Our task was to try to find the best appetizers that would pair wonderfully with the beers they’d like to serve that night. So, a handful of us headed into Historic Downtown Santa Ana yesterday around noon to meet up with our friends at The Good Beer Company to help come up with a menu.

SOHO TACO Gourmet Taco Catering - The Good Beer - Appetizer & Beer Pairing - Tostadita de Salmon Ahumado

Bold flavors often pair well together, so the IPA complemented our Tostadita de Salmon Ahumado wonderfully.

If you haven’t been there before, The Good Beer company is an award winning brewery located right next to the Federal Building on 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana.

Here’s a description from their website:

“The Good Beer Company opened to the public in September 2014. The Tasting Room offers individuals an opportunity to see the brewing process in action, smell the aromas of beer production, and taste the finished product in a beautifully assembled space with history and character unlike any other brewery tasting room.

The Tasting Room is bound by brick walls and exposed wood ceilings that date back to the 1880’s. The building was originally a livery, housing horses on the first floor while allowing ample hay storage on the second floor. During the 1900’s, the building was used for a variety of uses including a general store. By the 1980’s, the building had been abandoned, with boarded up windows and pigeons sleeping in the attic. In 2004, the Rosenow Spevacek family purchased 309 W 4th St and spruced up the space to create a contemporary office space.

Finally, in 2014, The Good Beer Company moved into the first floor, adding a 15-barrel copper-clad brewhouse, four stainless steel fermenters and a cozy tasting room. Since opening, Good Beer has focussed on hoppy American style ales, like IPA and Pale Ale, and mixed fermentation sour beers, often aged in oak barrels with local fruit and foraged herbs.”

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The pairing took place in the brick and mortar lined area The Good Beer’s tasting room, which was filled with barrels and kegs piled up high.

The brewery is closed on Tuesdays, but yesterday they opened their doors especially for us for this exclusive pairing and we had a great time!

Their representative informed us that we were going to try at least four of their beers, two of them were on the light & tangy side which were the Happy Oro and the George, one was an IPA (sorry, forgot the name!) and the final one was their spicy Michelada. So good!

As each one was poured out, we took a bite out of each appetizer to see which one went with that beverage.

SOHO TACO Gourmet Taco Catering - The Good Beer - Appetizer & Beer Pairing - Tostadita de Ceviche

Many of The Good Beer’s offerings were on the lighter, more sour side. So, they paired like magic with our Tostadita de Ceviche.

Of course everyone’s taste buds were different, but the consensus was that the light and tangy beers went wonderfully with the fish based Tostadita De Ceviche appetizer. When you bite into that handheld treat and take a sip of a light a tangy beer, it’s like being on summer vacation in Baja California.

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For this session, we had the opportunity to try out four of their menu items to see if they paired well with our appetizers.

For this pairing session we had the honor of testing out four of our appetizers with the beers and they were our Tostadita de Ceviche as mentioned earlier, our savory Albondigas, the rich and bold Tostadita de Salmon Ahumado and our perennial favorite Rebanada de Uvas.

All the appetizers were being prepared as fast as we were sipping. Of course, we still had to drive back to work so we had to make sure we didn’t over induldge!

SOHO TACO Gourmet Taco Catering - The Good Beer - Appetizer & Beer Pairing - Rebanada de Uvas

Flexible appetizers like our Rebanada de Uvas seemed to pair seemlessly with any of the beers and ales.

After about an hour or so we exchanged notes and made a few pairing decisions which we plan on shooting over to our mutual client at Prisma.

For those of you privileged to be a resident of that fine establishment, you’re in for a treat! We’re not sure yet when the beer and appetizer night is taking place, but plan on having your taste buds dazzled with some of our best appetizers and then having your thirst quenched with some of the finest ales in Southern California.

SOHO TACO Gourmet Taco Catering - The Good Beer - Appetizer & Beer Pairing - Menu

The Good Beer Company has a rich selection of wonderful beers and ales to match any appetizer and occasion.

We want to thank our wonderful client for this opportunity to spend lunch with our new friends at brewery. We hope you enjoy the selections that we made and we look forward to serving you and your tenant soon.

We also want to thank the super friendly and accommodating hosts over at The Good Beer. Your hospitality is matched by your exceptional ales. We look forward to working together with you soon at Prisma.

Now, if you have a special event coming up and would like to pair some of our tantalizing appetizers with your favorite beverage, please be sure to drop us a line and we’re sure we can make it happen. Hope to hear from you soon.

Buen provecho!

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