Having a partner turns bouncing a ball into a tennis match, a monologue into a conversation, and a bear attack into a slightly longer bear attack. Experience the power of pairing with today’s Groupon to Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. Choose from the following options:
- For $50, you get a four-course, five-beer Belgian and Dutch beer dinner on Wednesday, January 25 (a $100 value).
- For $50, you get a four-course, six-beer Deschutes Brewery beer dinner on Wednesday, February 8 (a $100 value).
- For $50, you get a four-beer Summit Brewing Co. beer dinner with assorted foods from Amsterdam on Wednesday, February 22 (a $100 value).
Click here for a full list of courses and pairings for each dinner. Dinners take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and begin with a meet and greet with the brewers and chef at 6:30 p.m.
The chefs at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, mentioned favorably in Minnesota Monthly, pair their skills in whipping up Dutch fare with Belgian beers and American craft brews in three distinct dinner events. Patrons bask beneath petite stage lights at rustic wooden tables or cozy into spacious booths to kick off the evening with a meet and greet with the chef and brewery representatives, in which patrons can inquire about brewing methods or how to drink from the back of a glass. Throughout each meal, the brewers describe the nuances of tasting each concoction and explain how each brew spins a tapestry of complementary flavors with its partnered dish.
The Belgian and Dutch beer dinner matches seafood paella and salmon rillettes with beers such as the fruity Urthel Saisonnière, rarely distributed in the U.S. La Trappe, the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands, quietly shows off the talents of its brew-wizard monks with the balanced Quadrupel, aged in oak barrels until it can spout wisdom about kids these days. Oregon’s cheeky beer expertise struts its stuff during the Deschutes Brewery dinner, which pairs seasonal brews such as Hop Henge and The Abyss imperial stout with plates such as bitter greens with crispy hog jowls. Summit Brewing Company’s flagship extra-pale ale prefaces dinners beside an array of Dutch cheeses, and broodjes—bite-sized Dutch sandwiches with fried crawfish, smoked salmon, steak tar-tar, beer-braised smoked pork, or caramelized root vegetables—link arms with beers such as oatmeal stout during the finale. In addition to a full belly and a brain bursting with knowledge, patrons depart with souvenir glassware from one of the featured breweries.