|Photo credit: the talented Oliver Wolfe|
We were thrilled to be able to serve not one, but two locally-made beers with the dinner. Canal Brew Panama features German-style cerveza casera crafted by Brew Manager Renate Jope. The microbrewery is run out of Al Dente restaurant on the Amador Causeway where Renate serves a Hefeweizen, a Dunkelweizen, and a Pilsner. The light-bodied Pilsner paired well with the tropical fruit in Katie's Brewer's Salad. We served the beer out of Renate's fancy, two-liter German growlers, which you can have filled with any of Renate's beers and take home for only $12 (plus a $10 deposit on the growler). At this time, Canal Brew Panama is the only place in Panama City offering take-home growlers. [Update: La Rana Dorada now offers growlers to go as well.]
|Sea bass coming out.|
Photo: Oliver Wolfe
All in all the night was a great success. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and their company. Plus, we were able to donate a portion of the proceeds to a local initiative, Urban Gardening Panama. Una Noche de Cerveza was, however definitely a learning experience. We found that it takes a lot of hard work and preparation to pull off a meal for 50 people! I was reminded of a lesson I learned in my Siebel class: in the beer business, serving food as well as beer can get pretty complicated. We would have liked to spend less time preparing food and more time talking to everyone about the pairings, but I overheard a lot of those kinds of discussions happening on their own -- which was exactly what we were going for.
Stayed tuned for the latest from the Panama craft beer scene!