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McCarthy's hosts five-course face-off between craft beer and boutique wine

Boutique wine and craft beer will go head-to-head for five rounds in an upcoming pairing dinner at McCarthy’s in Elkhart.

McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk, 333 NIBCO Parkway, teamed up with Tiedemann Wines to host its first Wine & Craft Beer Dinner, planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

The dinner will feature a five courses, each paired with a wine from Eric Kent Wine Cellars of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a beer from Elkhart’s Iechyd Da Brewing Company. After the meal, diners will vote on their favorite pairings to determine a winning combination.

Wine & Craft Beer Dinner
6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7 

McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk
333 NIBCO Parkway, Elkhart

$55 a person or $50 for Tiedemann On Wines club members
Reservations can be made by calling 574-293-2830

Carl Tiedemann, vintner and owner of the Elkhart wholesale distribution company, collaborated with the McCarthy’s kitchen in planning the evening’s menu.

“We tasted the wines and there were comments made from everybody about what dish might pair with that particular wine,” Tiedemann said. “Historically, certain wines go better with some dishes than others.”

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Together, they selected hand-wrapped bacon scallops, baked brie, pan-fried blackened duck, lamb meatballs and a roasted pistachio cake to complement the libations.

Wine varieties will include Kent’s 2008 Bennett Valley syrah, 2010 Small Town pinot noir, 2008 Barrel Climber grenache, 2009 Sonoma chardonnay and 2009 Russian River chardonnay.

Iechyd Da’s Ginger Blonde shandy, Big Pit porter, Walloon Belgian dark strong, Murray the Hump pale ale and Truth Serum nut brown ale are to be featured.   

“When you present it to the public, that’s the interesting part,” Tiedemann said. “The fun thing is, everybody’s palate is different. So if you’ve got 25 people, you’ll hopefully get a lot of different perspectives as to whether the pairing worked or not.”

This dinner, though open to the public, is one of many tasting events planned for members of the Tiedemann On Wines club. In addition to McCarthy’s, participating restaurants include South Bend’s The Mark Dine & Tap, Granger’s Uptown Kitchen and Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant in Elkhart. 

“People who participate in the wine club get benefits of membership at each of those establishments. One of those is we have monthly wine dinners or tastings,” Tiedemann said.

A one-time fee of $10 grants club members access to discounted prices on wine at each of the four restaurants, invitations to exclusive events, a monthly newsletter and a complimentary bottle of Malbec upon joining, among other perks. For the Wine & Craft Beer Dinner, for instance, members get $5 off the $55 ticket price.

Tiedemann has hosted club dinners since last August, but is particularly excited to be joining one of the area’s leading craft brewers for the May 7 gathering. 

“Iechyd Da does a great job with the craft beers that they produce,” he said. “Since we’re both local, we thought it’d be really fun to present their beers and our wines, which we’ll select from our portfolio, and treat our wine club members and other guests, letting them decide which is the best pairing.”

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