Renassance Savery in Des Moines features local beers at beer dinner

Chef Katie Van Dyke discusses a dish as Confluence Brewing's John Martin and I look on.

The Coda Lounge at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines held their first beer and food pairing event on March 21, and I worked with Chef Katie to get the shenanigans off the ground.

The Coda Lounge is a rich blessing for the weary traveler. I don’t know how many hotels I’ve encountered that have the same taplist in city after city. The Savery has risen above so many of its competitors by actively pursuing a beer list that reflects the local landscape. And that was the whole point of this affair. It gave me the opportunity to highlight their noble work to the thirsty travelers that follow my exploits.

Firetrucker Brewing's Dan Heiderscheit talks about his beer at a recent beer dinner at Des Moines' Coda Lounge.

Brewers Dan Heiderscheit from Firetrucker Brewing in Ankeny and John Martin from Confluence Brewing in Des Moines were gracious enough to join us to talk about their beers. On offer were were Firetrucker’s California Common and Smoked Stout and Confluence’s IPA and Black IPA.

The food pairings were well executed and the comments from those in attendance were nothing but positive. As I helped to organize the affair and served as emcee for the meal, I’ was pleased to hear this. And I’m pleased to report that the staff at the Coda Lounge felt the event was so successful that we can look forward to quarterly events of this kind featuring other Iowa breweries, starting with one during Des Moines Beer Week on June 18 (details coming…).

For more photos of the event, visit Brewvana’s Facebook page.

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