On July 12, Central Social Hall St. Albert held their Pig & Pints event, in partnership with Samuel Adams. From 4pm to close, the public was invited to enjoy heaping plates of pulled pork on the gastropub’s patio, while sipping on $5 pints of Samuel Adams.
An addition to the regular menu, a whole roasted hog took place of precedence next to the patio, covered in crisp brown crackling to tempt each new guest as they walked by. Served buffet-style, guests could fill their plates with baked potatoes, beans, coleslaw, and the pièce de résistance: freshly pulled pork.
As blogger guests, we tasted a variety of items from the menu alongside the pulled pork special, including the albacore tuna tataki + won tons, the chicken tacos, and the brand new charcuterie board, featuring cacciatore and Italian sausage sourced from Edmonton’s own Little Italy Foods.
We washed all of it down with pints of Samuel Adams Boston Lager: an amber beer with a rich, hoppy flavour.
“Sam Adams is a great full-bodied, approachable craft beer,” says Central Bar Manager Coady Ruberry. “I find the balanced hops are not overpowering and it’s my absolute favourite beer to drink with our Lime Serrano Chicken Nachos.”
While both Samuel Adams and Central Social Hall maintain that the beer pairs well with almost anything on the Central menu, the main focus of the evening was to enjoy a pint of Sam Adams while dining on freshly pulled roasted pork. The event was, after all, called Pig & Pints.
Central’s Chef Redgie Salinana suggests that the flavour profile of the barbecued pulled pork is complemented nicely by the richness of the Sam Adams Boston Lager.
“The full layers of sweet and savoury that you will find within the beer are mirrored and paired perfectly with the roasted pulled pork flavours in the meat, spices and marinade,” says Redgie.
Central also featured a giveaway throughout the evening, with lucky guests walking away with various forms of Samuel Adams swag. Guests of the event could also share their pint and pork experiences by using the #SamInHand hashtag on Twitter.
The Pig & Pints event is the latest in Samuel Adams’ Restaurant Takeover Series, a program that supports collaborative, community-driven food experiences and that demonstrates the connection between Samuel Adams, chefs, and customers in the food community. The collaboration with Central Social Hall, one of St. Albert’s newest gastropubs, brought together Samuel Adam’s popular craft beer and Central’s fresh, scratch-made menu items in a perfect pairing for a Sunday evening.
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Photo credit: Curtis Comeau Photography. Images courtesy of Samuel Adams.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Samuel Adams.