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Monday, January 14, 2013

Amazing @JesterKingBeer dinner @SWB_HyattAustin

I'm going to give a little background about the Southwest Bistro.  They've got Chef Paul French in the house who is mixing it up and setting a new standard for SWB.  The entire restaurant and hotel is taking  locally sourced to a new level.  Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is the Hyatt's new motto.
I was gifted with several small jars of pickled fruits and veggies made by Chef Paul, and they were well received by many who sample them.  If you had hesitations about Southwest Bistro, throw them out the window.  I've vetted the new Chef Paul.  I can't promise a perfect experience, but I haven't had a bad once since his arrival. 

In additional to checking out their new staff and suppliers the week before, I was invited to try out a five course pairing dinner with Jester King.  Jester King is one of the newer breweries in Austin, with a fast growing fan base.  Their beers are distinct, intentions, and leaves nothing to change, except for the locally captured yeast.  Let's start the food porn. 

The first course was a delicious bite of Summer.  Pecos watermelon, Blue Bonnent Bibb, and a splash of St. Germain.  This refreshing dish was paired with the Jester King/Mikkeller Drink'in the Sunbelt Hoppy Wheat Beer. 

I must admit. Having come from the coast, I'm particularly fond of dishes with shrimp well-done.  This shrimp was served with the Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale.

Richardson Farms Chicken, sweet corn cake, goat ricotta, mole, and watercress served with the Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale.  Sweet chicken + hearty corn + cleansing IPA = win. 

This dish was thoughtfully orchestrated.  Crunchy bitter kale with sweet peaches, and bacon wrapped pork belly.  I appreciated the veggies that did a great job balancing the flavors of the fatty pork.  I smile. 

The dessert was a peanut butter ice cream and spiced peanuts in a chocolate cobbler.  The cobbler was amazing with the Jester King Whiskey barrel rodeo stout (which contains kopi luwak coffee).  The roasty beer with vanilla undertones was the perfect complement to the sweet and bold chocolate.  Congrats to the Southwest Bistro and Jester King for an amazing dinner! 

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