Monday, June 29, 2015

Caramel 'meats' beer during Summer Sampler at Franconia, July 18

Image credit: Piebird Services.

Not week goes by, it seems, that there's not some sort of beer and food pairing event going on somewhere here in the Metroplex. Beer dinners, in particular, are a virtual staple in weekly event listings, with cheese pairings not following too far behind. Lately, we've even seen donuts thrown into the mix, perhaps being a sign that consumers are open to a little something different when it comes to enjoying their favorite craft beers with food.

Along those lines, three local business are coming together for an event they're calling the Summer Sampler. Born of an idea they came up with in March while participating in the NARI Home and Garden Show in Plano, the owners of Franconia Brewing Company, Local Yocal Farm to Market and Dallas Caramel Company thought consumers might enjoy their fresh, quality offerings even more if they could enjoy them together.

Happening Saturday, July 18 at 5 p.m., brewery owner Dennis Wehrmann and crew will be your hosts for the Summer Sampler to be held at Franconia in McKinney. The event will feature six sampling stations bringing together hand-cut meats, hand-crafted all natural caramels and, of course, locally-made beer. Examples of the pairings include:

Franconia K├Âlsch
 Beefy grass-fed hanger steak and a creamy orange caramel.

Franconia Dunkel
Krautwurst sausage and a Texas-style caramel turtle called the Armadillo.

In addition to Wehrmann, Matt Hamilton of Local Yocal and Rain McDermott of the Dallas Caramel Company will also be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into their product offerings. 

Tickets for the Summer Sampler are $40 per person (all-inclusive, no fees), and can be purchased on Eventbrite by way of the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-sampler-tickets-17499749221.

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