If you fancy yourself a craft beer connoisseur or, like me, just like to treat your palate to great tastes, there are more options than ever to be a part of the burgeoning craft beer scene and no better way to appreciate, be introduced to, and learn about the trendsetters in brewing than at tasting dinners. Unfortunately, I’m not able to attend every wine and beer tasting that hits my radar, but occasionally, there’s one where the menu and pairings scream to me not to miss.
One such dinner, was the Spring Beer Dinner at TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea. TAPS Spring Beer Dinner was an ode to Grills of the World: a taste odyssey that spanned the globe along with expert pairings by brewmaster Victor Novak. Victor joined TAPS in July, 1999 and was recently featured in a glowing article in Chilled magazine. Novak’s striving for excellence has led to many accolades in the past few years, among them: Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012 and TAPS Fish House & Brewery voted 2010 & 2011 #1 Brewpub and #1 Brewmaster in the nation at The Great American Beer Festival.
Grilled Albacore Escabeche | citrus cured, grilled rare, spicy vegetables
Crispy Soft Shell Crab | mizuna sesame miso vinaigrette, pickled daikon
Jamaican Jerk Spiced Pork Ribs | spice-marinated and whole roasted, sweet potato plantain salad
Bière de Garde
Smoked Wagu Beef Brisket | cornbread, black eyed peas and collard greens
Imperial Balinese Stout
Affagato | vanilla ice cream topped with Imperial Stout, berries, grilled biscotti
TAPS has a second location in Corona and this coming Saturday, September 22nd is their 4th Annual Spirits of Summer celebration. This year’s theme is “Southern Hospitality”, with food influences from Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina. In-house “mixologist” Kerri LaTorre has created special cocktails to pair with each state’s food offering and they sound fantastic! Take a look at the menu below, I think that blackened shrimp with cheddar grits and collard greens is calling your name! Or are you more of a roasted pig, mac-n-cheese, Southern slaw, red gravy kinda guy/girl? Either way, call 951-277-5800 to reserve your space at the table.
TAPS has a very active Facebook page where they keep their avid fans updated with specials and happenings. Last week they made this announcement: ” CONFIRMED: We will be brewing a double batch of the highly anticipated and sought after Poseidon Double IPA. Should be available by Halloween in both locations but NOT for distribution. Thanks, Victor.”
You don’t want to miss the next beer tasting dinner in Brea. Set for Thursday, October 18th, it’s sure to be a packed house. I don’t have the skinny on the menu yet, but if you call the restaurant they probably have that information from Chef Manny. If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, the next wine dinner will be in early December. Either way, the best way to stay tuned to events and new menu offerings at TAPS is to “Like” the TAPS Facebook page and join other avid fans:
Congrats to Victor and the TAPS team for the article in Chilled magazine! You keep the revolution going friends, cheers!
Do you sell bottles of Remy for take home?
Friends, if you haven’t eaten at TAPS in Brea lately please do so very soon. Chef Manny has two outstanding fish dinners planned for you. We were there on Friday night and he absolutely dazzled us. Also make sure you save a little room for dessert and have Chef prepare his latest offerings for your table. OMG!
Another great night at Taps celebrating my wife’s birthday! Thanks Corona Taps crew! Alex our waiter was great and Matt at the helm was great as usual! Great food, great time!!
101 E.Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821