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While I’d rather see these two alcoholic beverages unite rather than divide, I will say that the friendly smack talk between Karen King of Perennial Artisan Ales and Kyle Harsha of Harsha Wines was very humorous and a lot of fun. Not surprisingly beer was the overall winner in this friendly competition, though it wasn’t a blowout. Here’s the break down:

Cheese course: Parmesan broth with winter root veg
Wine: 2009 Sartarelli “Tralivio” Verdicchio (Le Marche, Italy)
Beer: Southside Blonde
(Beer wins 9-8)

Fruit course: Grits, scallops, blueberries
Wine: 2010 Chateau Roulerie Anjou Rose’ (Anjou, France)
Beer: Saison de Lis
(Beer wins 9-8)

Nut course: Black walnut mole, lamb loin, shiitakes.
Wine: 2010 Nabucco (Yecla, Spain)
Beer: Black Walnut Dunkel
Beer wins (13-4)

Dessert: Bitter orange cake
Wine: NV Pavan Moscato (Veneto, Italy)
Beer: Heart of Gold
(Wine wins 12-5)

Wine was definitely playing against a homecourt advantage when Kyle walked into a brewery, but still had a very respectable showing. The response I heard over and over again was, “I could have picked either one.” So, well done to everyone, it was a very fun time. Here are some photos from the event:

There has been a lot of debate as of recent about beer and wine, two books came out last year alone about the topic: Grape vs Grain and He Said Beer, She Said Wine. So it’s not surprising to see that we’re seeing the beer versus wine experimentation here in St. Louis as well. Schlafly in conjunction with thebeervswine1.jpg Sheraton Clayton will be hosting a dinner on Wednesday July 30th from 6PM to 10PM where they’ll be comparing and contrasting beer and wine with five different courses. Here’s the full description from the Sheraton invitation:

Sheraton Clayton Executive Chef Christian Gullet, along with Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer, will be executing a five-course gourmet dining experience that will feature specialty wines and beer strategically paired for each course, in a challenge for culinary top honors!

The “Beer vs. Wine” Dinner includes a welcome reception, commentary by experts and full descriptions of the wines and beers served with each course, and the five-course gourmet dinner experience.

Every guest will receive an attendance gift from Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer, and the evening will feature a charitable raffle and silent auction. Prizes for the evening’s festivities include a 2-night weekend stay at the Sheraton Clayton, a Schlafly VIP Brewery Tour for Ten, an exclusive magnum of wine from Majestic Wines, plus gift baskets from the Sheraton Clayton, Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (314) 719-4318. The full menu for this event is available after the jump.

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