Craft Beer Dinner Review by Adam Turer

If you were not at the inaugural Izzy’s craft beer dinner in Florence on February 7, you missed out on a great event.  Store manager John Bent did a terrific job organizing the dinner.  The featured craft beers came from Widmer Brothers brewery in Portland, Oregon.  Their local rep, Tyler, did an excellent job of telling the company’s history and giving background on the three different beers we were offered that evening. Pairing the brews with a three-course meal of Izzy’s favorites was a hit.  I did not think that Izzy’s perfect pickles could possibly be improved upon. I was wrong. The first course was an appetizer of fried pickles with Widmer Brothers’s Rotator IPA-O’Ryely.  If the next two courses were more plates of fried pickles, nobody would have complained.  Next was soup.  I went with beef barley and I find it hard to believe that Izzy’s makes a better soup.  The soup, potato pancake, and half of a reuben were paired with Widmer Brothers’s Drifter Pale Ale.  I, along with several other patrons, needed a to-go box for most of my sandwich.  Finally, John brought out several mini cheesecakes to pair with the final beer, the W Series Dark Saison, just released this week. More than 30 people in attendance enjoyed a night of great beer and better food.  I am very much looking forward to the next Izzy’s craft beer dinner and I hope to see you there.

You know Adam Turer from his attempt to take down Izzy’s 110 Reuben on Travel Channel’s Man V Food Nation.  Join us as Izzy’s challenges Adam to eat his way through Izzy’s menu in one year.  Adam will share his thoughts as he tries each and every Izzy menu item, while journeying to all 9 local locations throughout the year.  Got a specific twist or combination you want him to try?  Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or our twitter account and we will have him try it for you.  As we gave our challenge to Adam, we only had two words: COME HUNGRY!

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