On May 14, Wirtz Craft Beer launched a new beer and food pairing dinner series with the Old Meets New event at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Hosted by craft brand specialist Michael Shetler—one of Wirtz’ quartet of Certified Cicerones here in Southern Nevada—this first monthly dinner showcased old-world Belgian beers in conjunction with new-world cuisine (aka American comfort food), playing right into Aces chef Jason Glidden’s wheelhouse.
The evening opened with a Vermont white cheddar grilled cheese with horseradish crema paired with Seef (pronounced “safe”) Antwerp Ale; the sandwich’s sharpness was well-complemented by the Seef’s fruitiness. While the second course, fennel-cured gravlax paired with the more common Saison Dupont, isn’t exactly a hallmark of Americana, it was close enough to lox that we could imagine it being ordered from a New York deli.
The third and fourth courses showcased a pair of lesser-known Belgians: mildly hopped Poperings Hommel Ale with a hearty chicken pot pie and a decadent bacon-wrapped meatloaf paired with caramel-y Moinette Brune strong ale, the meatloaf topped with Brune-based gravy. Each entrée deserves its place on Aces’ everyday menu. The event closed with a buttery, flaky cherry crisp accompanied by the tart Petrus Aged Red.
If this first dinner was any indication, get your tickets to the next one now (stay tuned at wirtzbev.com). Beer for the win!