Bars & Nightlife Food, Restaurants & Dining Fara Illich August 21, 2012

For one night only, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar partners with Alaskan Brewing Company to offer an exclusive four-course beer-pairing dinner. This dinner features craft beers that best complement delicious cuisine by the restaurant’s culinary team. Dinner creations showcase artisan products, herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden, and sustainably farmed items from local growers. Savor traditional American comfort foods served with a classic twist at this special engagement.
AlaskanIPA“We partnered with Alaskan Brewing Company to create a special culinary experience that would highlight an array of brews perfectly paired with carefully crafted menus,” said Brady Lamar, director of operations for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. “Our culinary leaders recognized the quality and characteristics of each craft beer and produced a versatile four-course dinner that will surely take the palate on a new adventure.”
The Appetizer features smoked scallops with an apple fennel slaw and savory tender belly bacon lardons. This starter is complemented by the Alaskan Brewery Summer Ale, which is based on a traditional style of Kolsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. This straw-gold colored brew provides a soft malted palate with the clean freshness of hops — neither overpowering the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate for an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.

First Course is a strawberry and spinach salad topped with warm goat cheese, marcona almonds and hatch chili vinaigrette. First course pairs well with the Alaskan Brewery India Pale Ale (IPA) because of its honey gold color and fruity, citrus aroma. This brew features an enticing blend of hops and a very intense, complex aromatic character with a refreshing finish – a perfect aperitif!
Second Course features crispy skinned fish served with cauliflower creatively served two ways. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that perfectly complements the fish. This dish will be paired with the Alaskan Brewery White Ale, which is a Belgian-style witbier or “white beer.” With a soft, sweet base and unique aromas of coriander and orange peel, the Alaskan White Ale is considered a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing any time of year.
Third Course is an herbed lamb roulade with a thyme and shallot demi served with a red potato risotto. Hand-selected from the restaurant’s rooftop herb garden, thyme adds a slightly minty flavor and a dry aroma to the dish. The Alaskan Brewery Amber pairs nicely with this course with its rich, malty and balanced flavor profile. Alaskan Amber ferments slower and at cooler temperatures than most ales. This slow fermentation process helps condition the flavors resulting in its overall smoothness.
Fourth Course features a bittersweet truffle bar made of mesquite oatmeal and served with guajillo chili ice cream. Guajillo chili is a one of the most common and popular chilies grown and used in Mexico and is produced by drying the mirasol chili. This final course also pairs well with the Alaskan Brewery IPA because of its fruity, citrus aroma, which nicely balances the spice of the guajillo chili.
This exclusive four-course beer-pairing dinner is available at District American Kitchen & Wine Bar on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Price is $60 all inclusive. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling (602) 817-5400, or emailing your request to districtrestaurant@sheraton.com.