They say opposites attract. And you would think it wouldn’t get any more opposite than beer and doughnuts. This unusual pairing was the feature at a special Valentine’s Day edition of Beer Geek Tuesday at Cypress Street Pint & Plate.
Intrigue, or maybe just hunger and thirst brought a big crowd to the Midtown bar. Even the outside tables were full – cold temperatures and the threat of ice and snow seemed to be no deterrent. My husband and I took a corner table inside and were greeted immediately by the Beer Geek himself, Rob “BrewRu” Merrick.
Talking with Rob, it’s clear how knowledgeable and passionate he is about beer. He’s also a lot of fun. If you’re new to craft beer, Rob can make it easy to understand. If you’re more experienced, you’ll likely learn about or taste something new.
We took Rob up on his suggestion to try the featured New Belgium beers of the evening. The Snapshot wheat started with sweet citrus, followed by a gentle sourness and clean finish. The Spring Blond Belgian style ale was refreshing with apple and lemon notes, and a slightly bitter finish.
Both Rob and our server Anthony were great about checking in throughout the evening to make sure we were enjoying the beer and food.
The menu looks like a typical brewpub menu, but the quality of the food is far beyond. We started with the BBQ Eggrolls, a southern take on the Chinese dish. Filled with bbq pork and collard greens and served with a sriracha ranch dipping sauce, they were unbelievably flavorful and juicy (make sure you take a bite over the plate). Before my husband and I finished the eggrolls we were planning a return visit for them.
Our main courses were equally as delicious. I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, blue cheese and spicy mayo. Every bite was a mix of tangy, spicy and creamy. I don’t think I’ve ever had a buffalo chicken sandwich so good as Cypress Street’s.
My husband ordered the famous Sublime Burger. The ultimate indulgence, it is a half-pound burger topped with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon and caramelized onions between two Sublime doughnuts. Sublime exclusively makes the glazed doughnuts for Cypress Street Pint & Plate. As you might expect for something so over the top, it was delicious. The doughnuts, not as sweet as I had thought they would be, went surprisingly well with the savory beef and bacon. Definitely worth the guilt, or the extra time in the gym.
Then it was time for the main event – three Sublime doughnuts paired with three 4 oz. pours of beer. A Reese’s peanut butter cup doughnut was paired with Lonerider Brewing Company’s Pistols at Dawn; a heart-shaped strawberry-filled chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing was paired with Allagash Saison; and a red velvet cake doughnut was paired with Delirium Noël.
My favorite doughnut was the heart. It was almost a surprise biting in and finding whole strawberries, and they were made even better by the chocolate icing. For me, the pairing that worked best was the Reese’s doughnut and Lonerider beer. The chocolate and peanut butter in the doughnut worked well with the coffee flavors in the Pistols at Dawn.
While not every Beer Geek Tuesday involves an opposites-attract pairing, the evening is sure to include new or unique beers and excellent food.
Beer Geek Tuesdays are every Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate, 817 West Peachtree Street NE. (404) 815-9243 www.cypressbar.com
Flying solo this Valentine’s Day? Check out Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Solo Party. On February 14th beginning at 8 pm, guests will enjoy $1 PBRs and $2 SweetWater IPAs served in classic red Solo Cups. Rob has crafted a special “Love Bites” beer shake for the event, with Frozen Pints Milk Chocolate Stout craft beer ice cream and fresh strawberries, topped with vodka whipped cream and drizzled with a chocolate beer reduction. There will be music from DJ Pat O’Brien, and there is no cost to attend.
photo credit Teodora Nicolae