Valentine's Day at the North Coast Brewing Taproom & Grill: Paired Oysters and Brews

Oysters and lemon wedgesAre Oysters the Perfect Love Food?

De Maupassant described them as “…small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, and melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets.”

Paired with our dizzying, appetizing, and refreshing Le Merle Saison, the champagne-like Grand Cru, and the dark, rich Old No. 38 Stout, it sounds like Valentine perfection to us.

Join us at the North Coast Brewing Taproom & Grill for Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14, 2012; 444 North Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA), where we will be featuring the clean, mildly salty Drake’s Bays; the sweet, buttery, melon-flavored Kumamotos; and the clean, briny Barron Points. North Coast Brewing Le Merle, Old No. 38 Stout, and Grand Cru

Our Favorite West Coast Oysters:
Barron Point* (Puget Sound, WA): soft-textured, sweet, and musky

Blue Pool (Pacific variety, Hood Canal, WA): crunchy texture with a pronounced vegetable finish

Drake’s Estero* (Drake’s Bay, CA): tender and briny, with a touch of bitter herb

Hog Island Sweetwater (Pacific variety, Tomales Bay, CA): salty with crisp, grassy flavors and a sweet finish

Hog Island Atlantics (Atlantic variety, Tomales Bay, CA): intensely briny with a fruitiness

Kumamoto* (Tomales Bay, CA): small and mild with a creamy watermelon finish

Penn Cove Selects (Pacific variety, Samish Bay, WA): firm meats with a bright brininess and cucumber finish

*Oysters featured at our Taproom and Grill on Valentine’s Day

Try our favorite mignonette recipe with chopped fine fresh mint, fresh cilantro, and red jalapeno; diced fine shallots; rice vinegar; fresh lime juice; and black cracked pepper.

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