Drake's and Comal Pair Up for Special Dinner

The five-course meal features duck tamales, halibut crudo, IPAs, ales, and more.


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Comal restaurant in downtown Berkeley will welcome brewmaster John Gillooly and owner Roy Kirkorian from San Leandro-based Drake's Brewing on Monday, June 25 to showcase an array of small-batch beers paired with dishes prepared by Comal's executive chef Matt Gandin.

Founded in 1989, Drake's was a forerunner in the craft-beer movement. Over nearly three decades, it has produced a wide variety of brews ranging from classics to barrel-aged and sour beers to avant-garde innovations such as Hopocalypse Imperial IPA.

Held in Comal's private dining room, Abajo, and starting at 6:30 p.m., the special dinner will feature the following pairings:

• Local halibut crudo: fresh peas and pea shoots, Serrano chile, lemon sea salt (Brightside extra brut IPA)

• Sweet corn soup: epazote oil, crema (Super Becky blonde ale)

• Cochinita pibil tacos: pickled red onions, queso fresco (Pryed IPA)

• Roasted duck tamal: mole negro (Rye Robustito small porter)

• Arroz con leche: fresh plums, toasted almonds (Lulu’s Love Child and Cultured Chaos wine-barrel-aged sour ales)

Tickets are $75 and can be ordered here.


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