It will be an “opportunity to teach people how to pair beer with food as opposed to paring wine with food,” said Bobby Burns, the manager at Forest Hills Station House which has teamed up for the event with the Long Island-based Greenport Harbor brewery.
The brewery's founder Rich Vandenburgh will participate in the event, scheduled for Feb. 25, to talk about suds, while the pub’s chef, Craig Knight, will discuss the food.
For $96, foodies and beer-lovers with get to try char-grilled oysters with sauteed leeks and smoked tomato butter paired with Greenport Harbor's "Otherside IPA" and grilled octopus salad with mache, paprika-toasted chickpeas and grilled grapefruit vinaigrette paired with "Spring Turning Rye Saison."
The menu will also include smoked cheddar and Harbor ale soup, paired with "Black Duck Porter" and pan-seared New York duck breast mole with wheat berries and cinnamon-maple carrots, paired with "Longest Night Oatmeal Stout."
At the end of the dinner participants will be served bread pudding paired with "Hopnami IPA."
Throughout the event, Vandenburgh will be also answering questions from beer aficionados.
“If anybody is interested in learning how craft breweries get started the founder and owner [of Greenport Harbor Brewing] will be there to answer questions like that,” Burns said.
The pub is kicking off the New York City Beer Week on Feb. 20, also with suds from Greenport Harbor brewery. Throughout the following week, patrons will get to taste beers from various breweries from Queens and Long Island, including Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria, Finback in Glendale and Great South Bay in Bay Shore, Long Island.
Each day, beers will be paired with dishes served at the pub, such as cheese and meat board or the chef’s special of the day, the pub said.
“We want to get Forest Hills on the map for the New York City Beer Week,” Burns said.
The beer dinner will take place at Forest Hills Station House on Feb. 25 at 6:45 p.m. Tickets ($96 per person) will be available starting Friday, Feb. 13, at the pub or over the phone. Space is limited to about 15 participants.
The New York City Beer Week runs from Feb. 20 through March 1.