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Sorry for the late notice on this one, but tonight Thursday, August 19th, Neruda in Edwardsville, IL is having a beer dinner, hosted again by Joe Billhartz of Koerner Distributor. Joe chose some of his favorite beers that are available in cans for Chef Gary McNelly to pair his meals with. Here’s what they came up with:

Lion Imperial Lager

Course 1
Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad with Spring Greens, Basil Mozzarella
Ska Brewing Company True Blonde Ale

Course 2
Bison Sliders and Sweet Potato Fries
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

Course 3
Chorizo Corn Dog
Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Style

Course 4
Pork Confit and Baby Turnips
Ska Brewing Company Modus Hoperandi IPA

Course 5
Oatmeal/Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich
Lion Stout

The cost of this event is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. A reservation is required and can be made by calling  618-659-9866.

Some of you may already know Joe Billhartz, but if you don’t he’s almost singularly responsible for the craft beer scene in Southern Illinois.  He previously worked for Corral Liquor as their beer buyer, so for may years he worked diligently to bring some awesome beers to our area.  Joe is now working for Specialty Distributors helping to do his part to bring even more to us.  Why all of this info on Joe?  Well first, he’s awesome, but secondly he’s helping host a beer dinner at Neruda in Edwardsville, IL.

Course 1
Gaffel Kolsch, Germany
Green Bean and Sweet Red Pepper Salad

Course 2
Erdinger Hefe-Weizen, Germany
Scallop Ceviche
Scallops, Citrus, Avocado

Course 3
Duvel Golden Ale, Belgium
Steamed Mussels
In a Dry Sherry Thyme Butter Broth

Course 4
Lion Stout, Sri Lanka
Orange Glazed ‘Pork Wings’
With Baby Bok Choy

Course 5
Kasteel Rouge, Belgium
Chocolate Nut Torte With Blueberry Marscapone

The only catch about attending this beer dinner is that it’s tonight.  (Sorry for the late notice, I just found out about this one myself.) There is a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. You can make reservations by calling Neruda at 618-659-9866.