The much-celebrated (and Clean Plates-approved) Eleven Madison Park reigns with seasonal modern fine dining, no question, but on June 26th it’ll dive into new food-and-drink pairing territory with the city’s globetrotting Brooklyn Brewery, a “clean” destination in its own right. (Yep, that’s fine beer, not wine.)
“Fine dining has always been so focused on pairing food with wine,” said EMP Chef Daniel Humm in a press release. “Working together with Garrett [Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster] and Kirk [Kelewae, beer program and dining room manager of EMP], I’ve come to realize that there are extraordinary beers that can play as beautifully with our food as wine does.”
For the pairing, Humm will line up Oliver’s solid crafts with the likes of caviar and vichyssois-marinated oysters, butter-poached lobster (with lemon verbena and summer squash), pork (with apricot and cardamom), chèvre (with onion, cherries and walnuts) and chocolate cannelloni with espresso caramel and yogurt. While the final beer list is to be determined, you can expect a taste of the very first test batch of Brooklyn Local 1, a favorite since 2006, and a cocktail-inspired sud with canapès on the patio.
The night also serves as an unveil of two new brews—Brooklyn Local 11 (a riff on Belgian-style dark ale, Brooklyn Local 2) and Nine Pin Brown Ale, a collaboration with EMP’s own dining manager and bourbon-barrel aging (courtesy of Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon Distillery) for a textured re-fermentation that Oliver says hints of vanilla, coconut and florals. “The 20-year Van Winkle barrels are unlike any barrels I’ve used.”
Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by emailing beer@ElevenMadisonPark.com