Welcome to the craft beer bar Mudville 9 Saloon in TriBeca on Chambers b/n Church & W.Broadway. We have over 35 revolving beers on tap (changed almost daily). Here you'll find updates on what we have on tap, why we chose the beers we have, and to let all you beer lovers know about any upcoming events.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
THE FISH AND THE OWL
As part of an ongoing weekly post yours truly will be picking one food menu item and pairing it with one of our 150+ bottle beers from our monster beer menu. Stay tuned each week for an informed, tried and true suggestion.
This weeks' winning couple is:
Mudville's crispy beer-battered Cod Sandwich and the award winningHitachino Nest White Ale
First let me ask, a show of hands...who doesn't like beer battered cod anything? Didn't think so. That being said, have you had a generous piece of fish dipped in a malty beer (Bluepoint Toasted Lager) batter and dropped into 375° oil lately? It quite possibly could be the crunchiest thing you'll ever eat. Science says beer batter is the only way to get that level of crispy awesomeness, in fact. I love it because there are so many layers to this classic dish: the crunch, the flaky fish, the buttery batter middle, not to mention any sauce you might be dipping this golden treasure in. Therefore you need a beer that can handle a couple different jobs. Battered fish (and chips) needs a beer that can cut through the oiliness of the food and offer complementary flavors – most notably a citrus tang to emulate a squeeze of fresh lemon on the batter. Enter the Hitachino White! The Japanese are no stranger to fish dishes so it sort of seems like a no-brainer. (But it snuck up on you didn't it?) Hitachino Nest White Ale (hailing from the Kiuchi brewery) has a wheaty/white base but has a bigger citrus hop flavor than the nose lets on. A grapefruit zest is all over the middle of this beer giving that necessary zing to the batter. Lemon schlemon. Trust me when I say these two are a match made in tastebud heaven.
P.s. you know coleslaw is a must anytime you have crunchy fish. You've been officially reminded.