Spring Beer Dinner
Last June I wrote about a visit to The Greystone Inn’s Lakeside Dining Room in Lake Toxaway.
I noted how some strange alchemy of location and impeccable service and a marvelously rendered menu delivered what could only be described as a “transcendent experience.”
Our table was clearly beguiled and my review labored to describe the essence of that evening.
Well, like a magician with more than one fat rabbit in his hat, The Greystone Inn is taking a different tack this time around to achieve the same effect.
Mark your calendar for 6:30 P.M. Thursday, March 26 – it’s The Greystone Hoppy Spring Beer Dinner.
Before I get into the particulars, just take a moment and allow this event’s name to sink in.
See how they’re delivering it with a wink and a knowing smile? “Hoppy Spring Beer Dinner” is poetic, and I dare you to recite it in your head without a smile forming at the corners of your mouth.
I was going to keep talking here, but it’s undoubtedly more effective to just present the gorgeous four-course menu that Chef Sean and Restaurant Manager Christian have created, exquisite dishes paired with select craft beers from local breweries:
Beginning: Shrimp, Crawfish and Andouille Puff Pastry, IPA Mornay Paired with Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale;
Soup: Potato, Leek Cheddar and Ale, Paired with Pisgah Brewing Turtleback Brown Ale;
Entree: Wicked Weed Hop Cocoa Porter Braised Short Rib of Beef, Haricots Vert, Baby Carrots, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Crispy Shallots, Pan Juice Reduction Paired with Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA;
And, of course, Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte Paired with New Belgium Southern Vine Sour.
(I know I said I was just going to let the menu speak for itself, but come on, beers with names like “Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale,” and “Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA,” and “New Belgium Southern Vine Sour?” What an Age of Miracles this is! And the poetry of it all – I know the majestic John Keats is smiling somewhere, right now.)
Cost of the evening is $55 (tax and gratuity not included). For more information and reservations (you’ll want to make reservations), call (828) 966-4700. The Greystone Inn is located on the shores of Lake Toxaway in Toxaway.
by Luke Osteen