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Dinner Trio »

Melissa Newell, Owner of Terroir Restaurant, recommends:
Dinner Trio

This sour brown ale, with hints of cherry and other tree fruit, I would pair with a bitter and acidic dish to start. For a starter course, I would pair this with a grilled radicchio salad (grilled treviso radicchio, blue cheese crumbles, dried cherries, toasted walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette). Many times, when acid is paired with acid, the result is sweet. The tang and richness of the cheese, along with the bitterness of the greens, with the acidity of the vinegar make this a complementary pairing. For a main course, you can go with either a rich fish with a cream based lemony sauce (pan roasted halibut with a lemon cream sauce) or with a red meat (braised lamb shank with red wine reduction over fingerling potatoes). The idea is to pair the fat of the sauce (or the meat) with the acidity of the will cut right through it. Think rich sides also. In this case, the richness of the fingerlings, compared to other potatoes is a must. For dessert, again, think rich and indulgence. Something mouth coating. Try a semifredo (a semi-frozen Italian dessert made with one part meringue and one part whipped cream) flavored with bing cherries. This is one versatile beer.

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Ahi Tuna Sashimi »

Scott Brink, Chef of Happy Gnome in St. Paul, Minnesota
Ahi Tuna Sashimi

  • Bitter Green Salad
  • Almonds
  • Black Olive Vinaigrette

When pairing the La Folie, I wanted to work with the acidity in the beer. Mixing the  bitter green salad with acids on the plate and in the beer you get sweetness. Then by combining the richness of the tuna, the overall sweetness is diminished and you are left with a taste (hopefully) you will never forget.

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Wild Mushroom Crusted Colorado Lamb Rack »

Chef Todd Davies, Partner of Tap House Grill, recommends:
Wild Mushroom Crusted Colorado Lamb Rack

The almost gastrique-like sour cherry finish pairs perfectly with the gaminess of the lamb (think the barrels, woody, tannic). The sweetness of the caramalized cipolinis complements both.  Bitterness of swiss chard takes the sour home, while the earthy mushrooms cut through some of the tartness, and the polenta / jus carries the robust flavors while still allowing the beer to shine through.

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Brindamour Cheese Experience »

Derek Kennedy, Cheese Aficionado, recommends:
Brindamour Cheese Experience

Follow your folly straight to a guffaw of an idea by pairing this enigma of a wood-aged sour with Brindamour, a French (sometimes Corsican) goat and sheep's milk cheese covered and aged with herbs. The dry body of the goat/sheep combo will be a perfect contrast to the sour parts of the beer leading you to fits of spontaneous laughter and hilarity.

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Epoisses »

Molly Gunn and Nick Rutherford, The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta, Georgia
Epoisse is a soft cheese with a rind washed in brandy, the flavor is a earthy and strong, which you need to stand up to the sour La Folie. Traditionally this cheese is eaten with a glass of red burguny wine, but the oaky flavors along with dark fruits of the La Folie  mimic the wet leaves flavor of french burgundy and make it the perfect pick in the beer world.
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Duck and Pork Rillettes »

Michael McAvena, Beer Director at The Publican, recommends:
Duck and Pork Rillettes

My favorite pairing so far with New Belgium's La Folie; our house-made rillettes composed of duck and pork cooked with white wine and brandy, left to solidify then garnished with pickled rhubarb and sparkle strawberries served with toasted sourdough.

This is a classic complimentary and contrasting pairing during which neither the food nor the drink looses face, rather one makes the other better. The complex and at times intense woodsy acidity of the beer is softened by the richness of the rillettes, yet it is still able to slice right through the creaminess of the fat and lift the heaviness off the palate. Meanwhile, La Folie echoes the tart flavors of the pickled strawberries and rhubarb which are heightened by the fruity gaminess of the duck.

The toasted sour dough also plays in this interaction as the crispy, caramelized crust shares a harmonious note with the caramel over tones in the beer and brings out a slightly toasted note shared by both. The bread, being a medium for the rillettes also acts as a sponge that bring the beer and fat beautifully together. Each bite warrants another sip and with each sip I want another bite. It's almost as if the beer was made for the dish or the dish for the beer.  La Folie is quite mature yet wildly youthful, it's got guts but remains subtle and complex; it's a true pleasure to drink and an even greater pleasure to have at the table. Check it out.