The Lodge at Cordova Casino boasts “home of the 99 beers” but with beer pairing events and brew-inspired specials they bring much more to the table for the craft beer enthusiast.
July brought burger and brew combos to The Lodge with novel takes on burgers and a suggested beer accompaniment through each week of the month.
One burger that you would have to taste to believe possible — and hopefully won’t just be a menu cameo — is the peanut butter Sriracha burger.
Senior food and beverage manager Neil Glass, who bravely conceived and added the PBSB burger to the July burger and brew combos menu, said it has been popular with diners and one of the best-selling menu items.
The PBSB is a beef patty served with peanut butter, Sriracha aioli, lettuce, fried onions, pepper jack cheese and paired with Dogfish Head Brewery’s 90 Minute IPA.
This burger was served July 17-24. It is being followed by a barbecue chicken burger with Lagunitas Sucks from July 25-31 as part of the burger and brew combos menu.
More than burgers
In other beer-themed happenings, on July 18 The Lodge hosted Deschutes Brewery for a beer dinner of five courses. Deschutes Brewery’s Northern California sales specialist Casey Carhart teamed up with The Lodge chef Paul Kelly to match the Oregon brews with a menu. The result was a dinner of not five, but six courses paired with six beers.
“Craft beer has become more of an art. When you get into the flavor of beer it can be as complex or more complex than wine,” Kelly said while speedily prepping for the dinner in the ranks of The Lodge kitchen
Food and brews
The first course greeted attendees with a crispy chicken wing dipped in a honey garlic sauce. Garlicky with bright sweetness, this brought out the fruit aromas of a Belgian ale made in collaboration with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company and Deschutes.
“This beer is tart and dry. It cuts through the garlic spiciness and the sweetness of honey,” Kelly explained.
A second course of a brie empanada over apple-ginger-chutney was served with an aromatic hoppy Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.
The Lodge, 2801 Prospect Park Drive in Rancho Cordova, is planning another beer dinner with Auburn Alehouse in October.
For more information on events at The Lodge visit lodgecordova.com or call 916-293-7480.