This Friday (April 30th), Elements in Princeton will hold a multi-course beer dinner in conjunction with Yards Brewery. Elements bar manager Mattias Hagglund blogged about the event on the Elements bar blog, “At Yards they’re making some really solid, delicious beers. Combine that with our kitchen, and I think we’ve got a pretty fantastic dinner in the making.”
The bar at Elements consistently impresses. Bourbon lovers, especially, should stop by. As well as a great selection of craft beers (nothing from the big, national breweries), Mattias keeps vintage cocktails that often include ingredients he’s made from scratch, like these bitters. He’s really an outstanding bartender.
The whole crew visited Yards brewery recently and came away with a lot of respect for the brewery. It’s “entirely wind-powered” and “works with local farms and uses recycled glass and cardboard.” Elements itself works with the guys at Zone 7 to procure local produce — which is one of the reasons the food is so spectacular. Mercer county and the surrounding areas teem with progressive small farmers and outstanding produce (we are the garden state), and it’s great to see such a top-notch restaurant taking full advantage. (You can find a list of other restaurants that work with Zone 7 here.)
The brews selected for the dinner weren’t disclosed, though the Yards’ saison is certain to be there, pouring from a special-occasion gravity keg. A little bird also told me that skate, foie gras, a special reinterpretation of pretzels, lamb, and a black forest cake will be on the menu — though the menu is always subject to change at Elements, where so much depends on what is locally and seasonally available. I’m just dying to see which beer goes with that cake.
Yards Beer Dinner at Elements
Hors d’oeuvre meet & greet with Yards’ own Chris Hancq, followed by a tasting menu featuring a range of their seasonal portfolio. Featured appearance by the Yards’ saison, arriving in a special gravity keg just for the occasion!
Hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:30
To reserve call 609/924-0078
Robin Damstra is the Regional Editor for Hunterdon and Mercer Counties. She graduated Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she majored in English. She began teaching herself to cook in 2006. In 2007, she started her food blog, Caviar and Codfish where she shares her culinary discoveries and gorgeous food photography. She currently lives in Stockton, New Jersey.
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