The Brewers Association and Kitty Fisher's restaurant in London have teamed up in a one-off collaboration to demonstrate the best in British cuisine with the full and complex flavours of American craft beer.
Adam Dulye, executive chef for the Brewers Association, and Kitty Fisher's chef Tomos Parry have created a special menu featuring beer and food pairings. It incorporates two American craft beers per course that were selected to complement and enhance the flavour characteristics of the food while demonstrating the range of flavours and ingredients in the beer.
Starter: Burrata, beetroot, gooseberries matched with Prima Pils, Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA and Nooner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Chico, CA & Mills River NC.
Fish: Cornish crab, barbecued cucumber, dill and seaweed matched with Daytime, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA & Chicago and Pinner, Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, CO.
Main: 14-year-old Galician Blonde rib eye, Scottish girolles and stout, matched with Big Swell IPA, Maui Brewing Company, Maui, HI and No-Li Brown Ale, No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane, WA
Dessert: Chocolate cremoso, cherries and hazelnuts with Porter, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
Sylvia Kopp (pictured), craft beer ambassador for the Brewers Association, said: "America continues to lead the world in brewing innovation, diversity and quality, and the freshness of our beers and their big, bold flavours combine well with fine dining to bring out the best of both and offer a new experience for gastronomes."
The UK accounted for 10.7% of all American craft beer exports in 2014 (up from 7.9% the year before) making it the third largest market behind Canada and Sweden. In the US, American craft beer production increased by 16% during the first half of 2015 with approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million in the first half of 2014.
There are 3,739 craft breweries operating in the US with a further 1,755 in planning, up from approximately 700 this time last year.
The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as being small, independent and traditional.
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