At Southern Eagle Distributing, we are dedicated to teaching our community about beer. We believe beer is similar to wine in that it can be strategically paired with different food combinations perfectly. To highlight this, we hosted an event at Red Gate Farms, in Savannah, Georgia, where we could bring in local vendors to share just how well our beer goes with various styles of cuisine.
We wanted to keep this focused on local talent, and brought in the best Savannah has to offer. We worked with local area chefs to come up with menus that would highlight and complement the unique beverages in our portfolio. We also wanted the chefs to come up with fun dishes, and gave them the freedom to create what they thought paired best with different beers. It was a great way to not only teach the public about ways to pair beer and food, but allowed vendors to see just how well the food and drink went together.
Each Chef had a booth to present their food, and a selection of beers that best complimented their tasty creations. Chef Kirk Blaine with The Howling Hound and Castaways brought in an oyster and seafood bar, which paired nicely with Sofie by Goose Island, a tart and dry sparkling ale. A BBQ Station featured beer that goes well with savory pork dishes, one of our favorites was a pork carnitas nacho created by the talented team at El Coyote. These dishes paired great with New Belgium Fat Tire, Hi Wire Bed of Nails, and Green Man Porter.
Other local chefs included Chef David with Circa 1875, Chef Landon Thompson with El Coyote, Chef Steven Williams with The Coastal Kitchen, and Chef Ray Debose with Georgia Restaurant Ventures. And of course, we had to have dessert. Some of the popular dessert selections were paired with Southern Tier Thick Mint, inspired by the legendary cookie, and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.
Savannah’s Barn Venue.
Red Gate Farms was the perfect venue, with spaces for each type of food, and room for our mobile Beer Garden. This bar on a wheels allows us to bring the beer tasting experience anywhere. It includes two TV’s, covered seating, and featured on tap – this allowed us to pour barrel-aged selections such as Wicked Weed BA – Milk & Cookies and New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek. Carlson’s Premier Events assisted with decor and setup, along with rentals from Ranco Tent Rentals. The best compliment to beer and food? Great music, of course. To liven up the evening, we had local band Missionary Blues come over to play all night.
It was an incredible night, and something we are proud to have hosted. We are thankful for all of the customers, vendors, and team members who took the time to make this a success. We look forward to the next one!