JUNE/JULY 2005 | REGIONAL |
Hog Island Hosts North Coast Beers
By Tom Dalldorf
|Brewer/owner Mark Ruedrich
and Hog Island chef Jessica Boncutter.
Photo by Tom Dalldorf
Hog Island Oyster Bar in San Francisco's newly remodeled
Ferry Plaza at the foot of Market Street is not only home
to the freshest and most succulent oysters in the city but
also host to North Coast Brewing Company's
extraordinary lineup of beers. Think of it as North Coast's
urban tasting room.
Recently, the pride of Fort Bragg, Calif., sponsored a gathering
of oyster and seafood lovers for a dinner tasting of Hog Island
specialties paired with North Coast specialty beers. Mark
Ruedrich, co-owner/brewer at North Coast, proved a gracious
host, greeting guests and pouring samples of his beers. On
arrival, guests were presented with a half-dozen oysters on
the half shell accompanied by the zesty Blue Star Wheat and
the richly flavored Old 38 Stout.
The second course was an arugula green salad with oranges
and toasted almonds paired with the crisp Scrimshaw Pilsner.
There are few wines that work with a vinegar-based salad,
but the Pilsner proved a wonderful match — clean, refreshing
Then came the fragrant Manila clams with chorizo sausage
and potatoes, nicely matched with the malty richness of Red
Seal Ale, a classic red/amber ale that deserves more appreciation.
The other hot entrée was baked sweet water oysters
with herbs and garlic, nicely showcasing the spectacular new
Anniversary Ale XV, celebrating the 15th year of the North
Coast Brewery. The beer is very limited and only available
in cork-finished magnum bottles. Not to be missed!
Dessert? Oh, why not. How about a flourless chocolate soufflé
with praline gelato (unbelievable!) paired with the outstanding
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
It was a good thing that the BART station was several blocks
away. I needed the exercise at that point.
Tom Dalldorf is publisher and editor of the
Celebrator Beer News.