Craft Beer and "Craft Salmon" at T. Cook's Alaskan Beer Dinner Last Night

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Even before the first course landed on the table, waiters poured a (hearty) tasting of Alaskan Brewing Company's IPA, or Indian Pale Ale. Although IPAs are known for their hoppy and sometimes bitter flavor, the Alaskan brew favored a more mild profile that even winos could appreciate. The flavors paired excellently with house-cured charcuterie and cheeses, the particular standout on the plate being the smooth and slightly salty goat cheese.

The dining pairing also served as a build-up to the Phoenix Cooks! Culinary Festival coming up on September 1. In addition to Hillson, one of the headlining chefs of the event, recognizable names such as Matt Carter, Steven Toevs and Jason Alford will come together to make a "culinary wonderland" to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital. It also served as an unofficial preview of what Chef Hillson plans to serve in his upcoming dinner at the James Beard House this December.

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Lauren Saria
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