I’m coming up to the last few days before my ALS Beer Dinner Event goes down and things are getting down to the wire in a fun and slightly overwhelming way! Luckily over the summer I secured awesomely generous donations from three incredible local Ohio microbreweries: Thirsty Dog, Buckeye Brewing and Hoppin’ Frog. These guys really blew me away with their donations, encouragement and enthusiasm not to mention they are my favorite Ohio microbreweries.
From Thirsty Dog: Raspberry Ale, Labrador Lager, Lunar Lager and Old Leghumper Porter
From Buckeye: Zatek Old Ale, 76 IPA, Old Mammoth Stout
From Hoppin’ Frog: Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale, BORIS Oatmeal Impy
As for the menu, I’ve been striving for all local and all donated which is a little tough as it turns out but I’ve had some great feedback and donations from local businesses in terms of food donations and raffle prizes. Sometimes I feel like I need a permanent assistant to follow me around while I dictate my insanely long To-Do Lists and navigate the web of email responses. Luckily I have a great team of volunteers selling raffle tickets, helping prep food and awesome friends keeping my brain from becoming an addled mush.
To the meat of the issue, here’s why I’m doing this fundraiser: this dinner is for the benefit of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (aka Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research. This is a cause I’ve supported for 5 years since the disease claimed my father. In memory of the 5th anniversary of his death, I thought he’d especially appreciate an event featuring our two favorite things, beer and food. Funds raised will go directly to Project ALS in the hopes that continued, proactive research will find a cure for this terminal, neuromuscular degenerative disease.
The event features a 5 course meal paired with samples of 9 different beers. There will be a raffle where you can win prizes like a Pumpkin Beer gift basket donated by Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, a custom made cake from local baker extraordinaire Liz Keeney, gift certificates to the Village Deli and Middle Ground, beer steins and a Kenyon blanket from the College Bookstore.
Grilled hot italian sausage with lemon and cilantro
Sweet potatoes Anna
Local cheese plate with local chocolates, Beckwith apples and cider
Mini BORIS pancakes with honey
*sorbet palate cleanser in between courses of Thirsty Dog’s Raspberry Ale
the whole reason