I went totally Bonkers for Honker’s…Goose Island’s Honker’s Ale, that is. The occasion? We were celebrating Canadian availablity of Chicago’s Goose Island beer, Honker’s, now on draught at Bier Markt. The celebration included Goose Island brews paired perfectly with Bier Markt’s Chef Michael Cipollo’s menu creations.
While we snacked on salt spring mussels, a beet trio with goat cheese coulis, a 72-hour short rib with cauliflower puree, and a freaking DESSERT CHARCUTERIE, Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter guided us through a tasting of each Goose Island beer. We learned how to properly taste beer while enjoying cocktails and Goose Island’s Sofie Belgian Pale Ale, Pepe Nero Belgian Farmhouse, and Matilda Belgian Pale Ale.
Have you ever heard of a dessert charcuterie? Probably not because it was the most inventive dessert tray and beer pairings I have ever experienced. Built to look like a regular charcuterie board filled with meats, bread, and preserves, the dessert charcuterie was made of all fruits and dessert foods made to resemble regular charcuterie items.
This is what is looked like before total Val & Jamie carnage:
My favourite part about visiting Bier Markt is their staff’s product knowledge. They are always able to suggest food or beer pairings and can work with what I like and dislike to really customize my order and experience. Next time you’re at Bier Markt make sure you go Bonkers For Honker’s too!