Guinness Blonde dinner at Dawson

When you write about food people send you invitations to various events. I received an invitation to a beer dinner featuring Guinness™ Blonde American Lager.

This was something I had to attend. First, Blonde is the first beer Guinness brewed outside of Ireland. The beer is brewed in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a famous brewery town.

The lager combines the yeast from Guinness Ale with hops from the Pacific Northwest. According to company representatives, the Lager is the result of Guinness artistry and American brewing techniques.

Guinness Blonde will be available in retail stores in September and on draft in bars in October.

The lager is very good. It is not too bitter, has citrus notes, and a nice crisp finish. It is a departure from the heavy stout ale Guinness is famous for.

Dawson was a perfect fit for a beer dinner. What was once a ramshackle building of storefronts and apartments was turned into a class restaurant and bar.


The dinner was held in a private dining room. Thirty two people attended. They were from the media, marketing, distributors, and other similar fields.

The beer was paired with a custom menu of appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

The food at Dawson is very good. The roast salmon served as an entree was cooked perfectly with a side of spicy diced fried potatoes and corn.

The appetizers, chicken and pistachio galantine on an anise biscotti, Peekytoe crab and carrot salad, and hamachi crudo paired well with the lager.

A Guinness cake and a orange caramel chocolate tart ended the meal. The sweets paired especially well with the beer, which was surprising.

The dinner was courtesy of Taylor Strategy, the representative of Diageo, owners of Guinness.


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