You may call it “The Pint” or you might even call it “CP,” but whatever you call it Crooked Pint Ale House is a nouveau urban pub with the feel of a local neighborhood restaurant. From the rough-sawn oak floors and classic pub furnishing and finished, to the fresh recipes and authentic smiles, everything at Crooked Pint is the real deal. Crooked Pint offers a full menu and generous beer selection lending to the perfect food and beer pairings. With four locations in Minnesota, for the “Hump Day Lunch Day” we visit the Crooked Pint located on Washington Ave in downtown Minneapolis, Just blocks away from the (soon to be) new home of the Minnesota Vikings.
For starters, we got things going with an order of the Ale House Dry-Rub Wings served with a side of bistro sauce. We chose to pair this starter dish with a Minnesota favorite, Grain Belt Premium. The sweetness of the Premium lends a pleasant contrast to the wings after dipping in the tasty bistro sauce. The richness of the wings gets cut by the taste of the Premium cleansing the palate getting you ready for another bite. There really is no better pairing than a nice crisp beer paired with tender, juicy wings.
Look at this next platter! Crooked Pint offers a wonderful arrangement with their Sausage and Cheese Board. The Sausage and Cheese Board is an assortment of smoked polish, duck, and chorizo sausages, bourbon-soaked cranberries, horseradish chive Havarti, Tillamook sharp yellow and white cheddar cheeses, and glazed pecans served with a sweet chili sauce and whole grain mustard. We paired this with the burly and bitter Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing. Rampant Imperial IPA pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stone fruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. Paired with the assortment of flavors of the platter the beer changes flavor profile with each bite. This pairing lets you use your imagination and taste buds to paint your own picture and flavor profile of this wonderful pairing.
Who doesn’t love tacos? Crooked Pint offers and amazing Asian Pork Taco plated with pork sautéed in a spicy and Asian sauce topped with cabbage slaw, Pico, roasted corn and fresh cilantro. We paired this dish with another Minnesota favorite from Finnegans Brewing Company who gives back 100% of their profit back to the community to help fight hunger. Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout offers chocolate and dark stone fruit notes to pair with the tacos. The Dead Irish Poet brings out a wonderful sweetness in the dish while the tacos cut down the roast character in the beer leaving a lingering aftertaste of roasted coffee flavors and walnut characters. A simple, yet satisfying, pairing to warm you up during the winter months.
For the last beer and food pairing, we paired the famous PB & Bacon Lucy with Deschutes Black Butte Porter. This did not disappoint! The PB & Bacon Lucy from Crooked Pint is stuffed with peanut butter and topped with bacon and was named a top five peanut butter burger by the City Pages (yes, it’s that good!). Deschutes Black Butte Porter is crafted from chocolate and crystal malts with a rich and distinctive flavor. The beer cuts through the richness of the peanut butter that paves the way for a smoky richness flavor of the bacon and juiciness of the burger. Take one bite and sip and you will be washed away in the wonderful flavors of peanut butter and chocolate flavors. Go ahead… Give it a try!
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