Denver Comic-Con Marvel Pairing Dinner 2018
Denver Comic-Con has grown consistently every year since its inception in 2012 and with that growth comes new events! Breckenridge Brewery partners with the Con every year to create a special release beer that features a comic based name and artwork from local artists. This year it was the Razznarok which was a raspberry play on the movie, Thor: Ragnarok. This beer joined a set of other brews for a set of pairing dinners in 2 different restaurants in Denver. One was DC themed at The Paramount and the other was Marvel themed at Marlowe's. I attended the dinner at Marlowe's and chose TEAM MARVEL (and team Marlowe's).
The pairing started with a Namor Crabcake paired with Big Nose Wheat (formerly Agave Wheat). This pairing worked well with the light beer and the slight spice from the crab cake aioli. It was a pretty small serving. That was a bit disappointing but it was tasty and for me, the spice from the crab cake was enhanced by the beer to make it a bit spicier in some spots.
Next was a Arugula salad with pine nuts, pomegranate, cheese crisp and Raspberry Vinaigrette. This was a great pairing with only the pomegranate not really working for me. Too much crunch from that and the pine nuts which made me think that one of them (not the pine nuts) could have been removed. The beer pairing was this years DCC beer, Razznarok. This belgian witbier with raspberry paired extremely well with the salad. A peppery flavor from the beer added complexity and enhanced the vinaigrette.
The main course was a Wagyu steak rubed in ancho chili and served with pickled garden veggies. The meat was cooked perfectly with the veggies only having a slight pickle to them. The chili added a nice spice to the whole dish that really was tasty. The beer was unfortunately poured out of bottles which may have been out of the fridge a bit longer than it should have. They were warm and hot hoppy beers aren't my thing...
We closed the night with a beer float of the Vanilla Porter and Ice Cream, pretty standard stuff but it was pretty good if you never have tried that combo of beer with ice cream!
Overall it was a pretty good pairing but a little different than others I have attended. The reps from Breckenridge Brewery and Marlowe's talked about the dish and beer separate which made the pairing intentions a little unclear as they did not really explain why they worked well together. It was a little disappointing as one thing I love to hear is how the two items complement each other and change flavors through the chef intentions.
We will have to see next year if they have the event how it is improved or changed but I think this year was a fun time with some good food and a cool comic theme!