Many don’t know that the Hotel Allegro, then The Bismarck, was the first place to legally tap a keg after the repeal of Prohibition on December 5th, 1933. 79 years later, the Allegro’s Encore Liquid Lounge brought back the magic of Repeal Day by pairing up with Metropolitan Brewing Co. to pay homage to the 21st amendment. Executive Chef Randy Spriggs and Metropolitan’s founder, Doug Hurst, pulled out all of the stops to create a 3 course pairing worthy of such a “holiday.”
Though the company was fabulous, the highlight of the evening was my relationship with the firkin of Diablo Dynamo. Hurst told Encore Manager, Andy Pishko, that he wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but I think he was pretty pleased with the results. I know I was! Metropolitan’s Dynamo Copper Lager was put into a firkin along with ancho chiles and chipotle peppers specifically for this event. The spiciness imbued in the brew was enough to make the copper lager into something more than the sum of its parts. Furthermore, it clicked perfectly with Chef Sprigg’s braised short ribs for a delicious second course.
Though the Diablo Dynamo won’t be available at Encore, or any other bar for that matter, you can still swing by for a beer anytime you’re in the theater district. With a short, but constantly rotating list of craft beers any beer lover on their way to a show should be able to find something they’ll enjoy.
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