OLIO3For the uninitiated, there has been a renaissance going on with craft beer in Italy.  No longer producing just insipid pale lagers, Italians brewers have been creating interesting and delicious beers in the land of wine.

There has also been some changes in the Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis. Ben Poremba’s restaurant Olio has gotten some crazy good accolades and they’re turning out some awesome dishes.

These two juggernauts of creativity obviously make a perfect pairing for a beer dinner. So, I’m happy to let you all know that on Tuesday, July 2nd, Olio will be hosting a dinner featuring a variety of Italian craft beers. Cost on the dinner is $88 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-932-1088.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Housemade Charcuterie
Parfait Of Foie Gras, Duck Rillettes, Beef Cheek Terrine, Country Pate
[Baladin “Sidro”, Piedmont]
Spontaneously fermented Cider

Crudo of Oyster
Persian Cucumber, Cilantro, Buttermilk
[Piccolo “Seson”, Liguria]
Saison with chinotto peel, juniper & coriander

Chestnut Gnocchi
Speck, Pistachio & Preserved Lemon
[Di Como “Malthus Birolla”, Lombardy]
Ale brewed with roasted chestnuts & chestnut honey

Charred Octopus
Cocoa, Coffee, Piquillio Pepper, Potato
[Ducato “Verdi”, Emilia-Romagna]
Imperial Stout brewed with chili peppers

Loin, Tongue, Blackberries, Nasturtium, Mint, Arugula
[Loverbeer “BeerBera”, Piedmont]
Sour Ale brewed with Barbera grapes; fermented & aged in oak

Olive Oil Cake
Stone Fruits & Rosemary
[Montegioco “Quarta Runa”, Piedmont]
Ale brewed with Volpedo peaches

A Tasting of Artisan Italian Cheeses
Celery Mostarda & Stewed Apples
[Baladin “Nora”, Piedmont]
Ale brewed with myrrh, ginger, orange peel & kamut