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Since opening in 2007, Ritual Tavern has been known for its farm-to-table values and - like many of its sister restaurants lining North Park's 30th Street corridor - carefully selected taps and bottles of craft beers.

In August 2012, Kyle Bergman, former sous chef at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and guiding force behind their much-celebrated beer-pairing dinners, became executive chef of Ritual Tavern.

In response to his move at that time, Bergman had promised a menu of "reasonably-priced, beer-centric, completely handmade cuisine of the highest standard" while Ritual said they would "bring renewed focus to whole-animal cookery and organic urban gardening on site."

If you haven't been to Ritual Tavern since Bergman's takeover, Thursday, April 11 would be a great time to give the candle-lit tavern another try.

Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. specifically, when Ritual Tavern (4095 30th Street) will host its first Societe Brewing Company beer-pairing dinner.

A new favorite among beer afficianados everywhere (yours truly included), San Diego-based Societe Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by Travis Smith (of Russian River Brewing Company and The Bruery) and Doug Constantiner (The Bruery).

Societe's standout character is no surprise coming from the waters of Russian River. There's a thoughtfulness there; there's something different and delightful coming out of Societe's taps.

Their focus is on IPA’s (which seems to be a must for any San Diego-based brew co.), Belgian-inspired brews, and wine barrel-aged sours.

Each of this dinner's four courses will be paired with one of Societe Brewing's beers.


The menu is as follows:

Smoked Young Asparagus Tips and 'bacon' fava bean panacotta paired with The Butcher - a 9.8% ABV Russian Imperial Stout heavy on the chocolate, espresso and roasted malt flavors.

Grilled Halibut Hot Pot, sous vide artichokes & spring onioins, saffron pork broth, carrot noodles served with The Harlot - a 6.5% ABV Belgian Pale Ale with notes of citrus, floral and pepper hops.

Roman Style Roasted Duck Breast, grilled nectarines with mustard greens & cauliflower mousse paired with The Debutante - a 6.8% ABV Belgian Pale Ale with "loads of fruit, mainly apricot... with a bready peppery finish, as described by Taphunter.com"

Apricot Gelato and Lemon Shortbread served with The Madame, a complex Belgian Golden Strong Ale with a 9.2% ABV (my personal favorite).

The cost for this beer-pairing dinner extravaganza is $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

RSVP by calling 619-283-1618 or by emailing [email protected]rn.com.

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