Harbor Shores hosts perfect pairings of both beers and spirits

2014-04-30T08:30:00Z Harbor Shores hosts perfect pairings of both beers and spiritsJane Ammeson Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 30, 2014 8:30 am  • 

Local foods and spirits are a continuing theme at The Grille at Harbor Shores where in the upcoming months they’re creating pairing dinners with both Greenbush Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Sawyer, Michigan and the Journeyman Distillery, a Three Oaks based artisan maker of such distilled spirits as their Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey, Road’s End Rum and Three Oaks Single Malt.

“This year we’ll be featuring the entire Journeyman Distillery cocktail menu along with new special spring and summer cocktails that the mixologists at Journeyman are coming up with now,” said Brianne Schmidke, Director of Sales & Communications at Harbor Shores Golf Course which like The Grille is part of the 530-acre Harbor Shores Community and includes a Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course along the shores of Lake Michigan plays host to the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the newly built 92-room The Inn at Harbor Shores. “The Grille at Harbor Shores is the only place to feature a flight of their spirits. For only $4, you receive a small shot of their Silver Cross Whiskey, Red Arrow Vodka, Ravenswood Rye Whiskey and Bilberry Black Hearts Gin served on a flight card which gives information on each spirit including the story of how it came to be distilled and named.”

Though the menus for this year are still to be determined, last year couplings at The Grille included Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin served with a sweet potato puree and caramelized onion apple chutney paired with Raspberry Bramble, a mixed drink made with Journeyman’s Bilberry Black Hearts Gin, simple syrup, Chambord and lemon juice, pan seared scallops topped with bacon tomato succotash paired with That’s a Nice Pear—a cocktail mix of Road’s End Rum, ginger simple syrup, lemon juice and pear preserves, and Wild Shitake Mushroom and Frisee Salad tossed with an aged sherry vinaigrette. Coupled with this was Journeyman’s Cider Car—Ravenswood Rye Whiskey, fresh squeezed lemon juice, cider and simple syrup.

“We’re thrilled to have this partnership,” said Schmidke. “Journeyman has been a pleasure to host events with and to work with. Owner of Journeyman, Bill Welter and his family has long been a friend of our General Manager and Director of Golf, Ross Smith.”

Schmidke said they’re also adding a Greenbush happy hour and a Greenbush dinner pairing after getting feedback from their regular event attendees noting that their happy hour featuring Greenbush brews and small plates from The Grille will be on June 17, the same day as one of the golf course’s five Community Days throughout the golf season where Berrien County residents golf any time for only $75.

“On Sept. 13 The Grille will host a Greenbush Beer Pairing Dinner similar to what we’ve done in the past with Journeyman- featuring multiple courses and seasonal beer plus food pairings,” continued Schmidke.

“The beer dinner with The Grille will focus on our fall seasonal beers such as Demeter, our Fresh Hop Pale Ale brewed with whole cone fresh hops from Hop Head Farms in Kalamazoo and Unicorn Killer which is our Pumpkin Ale,” said Jennifer Piotter, Marketing Director at Greenbush Brewing Company. “Both will be available by then and likely featured at the dinner. We’re looking forward to it as we think beer pairings are timely and as interesting as wine and food pairings and something that more and more people want to learn about.”

More information about the events including dates, times, what’s been served and cost are to be announced. Visit HarborShoresLife.com for further updates.

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