Fred Dexheimer vs Garrett Oliver – Cru Vs Brew – A Fundraiser for Haiti

We are excited to announce Cru Vs Brew – a Wine and Beer Competition Dinner featuring Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery’s Brewmaster), Fred Dexheimer (Master Sommelier) and Chef Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane and Top Chef).

Garrett Oliver

All proceeds will be donated to World Cares Center, a nonprofit group working within Haitian communities. World Cares Center fosters sustainable, locally-led disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. World Cares Center’s work supports groups such as EDEYO, a Haitian school founded by Montclair residents in Port au Prince, My Father’s House Orphanage, the Family Health Clinic and many other local groups in Haiti.

Be a part of an incredible evening & support a truly great cause at Amanti Vino’s first ever Wine vs. Beer Competition Dinner:  Cru Vs Brew!

Join Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer & Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver as they square off to pit their respective expertise against each other alongside former Top Chef contender Ariane Duarte’s amazing gastronomical line-up

When: Tuesday, March 23rd @ 7:30pm

Where: Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Avenue

Fred DexheimerAll net proceeds from the evening will be donated to World Cares Center, a nonprofit group working within Haitian communities. World Cares Center fosters sustainable, locally-led disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. World Cares Center’s work supports groups such as EDEYO, a Haitian school founded by Montclair residents in Port au Prince, My Father’s House Orphanage, the Family Health Clinic and many other local groups in Haiti.

  • Wine Geek and Hop Head Tickets ($160 per person) - $80, or half of the ticket price will be tax deductible and donated to World Cares Center.
  • Wine and Beer Connoisseur Tickets ($500 per person) – Attendance to a VIP cocktail party (6:30pm to 7:30pm), a seat at Garrett and Fred’s table, an autographed copy of Garrett’s book, The Brewmaster’s Table and more!

As we mentioned above, the theme of this event is a competition!  Fred and Garrett are tasked with  selecting a wine (from Amanti Vino) and beer (from Brooklyn Brewery) to pair with each of Ariane’s challenging, mouth watering courses described below.

At the conclusion of each course, a panel of judges (including Peter Kennedy from Simply Beer) will evaluate the success of Fred and Garrett’s pairings and select a winner.  But wait, you count too!  We will also poll the audience after each course and will include your vote in the tabulation.

Grab a napkin…
Upon arrival: Brooklyner Weisse (Bottle conditioned)

1st Course: Snapper Crudo, Avocado, Orange Tapioca, Malden Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wine: Assyrtiko Hadzidakis 2007
Beer: Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz 2009

2nd Course: Szechwan Peppercorn Salmon, Baby Bok Choy
Wine: Robert Sinskey Vineyards Vin Gris 2009
Beer: Brooklyn Local 1

3rd Course: Dry Barbecue Rubbed Flank Steak, Spinach Gratin Potato
Wine: Neyen Espiritu Apalta 2005
Beer: Brooklyn Dark Matter

4th Course: A selection of Artisanal Cheeses (donated by Tallmadge Cheese Market)

  • Queso del Invierno, a winter cow/sheep tomme cheese
    Wine: Vin de Savoie “Abymes” Labbe 2008
    Beer: Brooklyn Local 2.
  • Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a cow Alpine cheese
    Wine: Pavese Morgex et de la Salle 2008
    Beer: Brooklyn Monster Ale 2008
  • Echo Mountain Blue cheese, a cow/goat firm blue
    Wine: Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel 2008
    Beer: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2009
  • Dessert: Everyone’s favorite…Chocolate Flourless Cake!
    Wine: Vinedo de los Vientos “Alcyone” Tannat Dessert Uruguay NV
    Beer: Black Ops 2009

    Let the pairings begin!

    A limited number of tickets have been reserved for Simply Beer readers.  To purchase tickets to Cru vs Brew, please  call (973) 509-WINE (9463) and mention Simply Beer.  Act quickly, these tickets are sure to sell out extremely quickly! If you are unable to join us, but would like to make a donation to World Cares Center, please contact Sharon Sevrens at sharon@amantivino.com.

    We look forward to sharing this amazing evening with you in support of a worthy cause!

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    12 Responses to “Fred Dexheimer vs Garrett Oliver – Cru Vs Brew – A Fundraiser for Haiti”

    1. Hot Ticket: Brooklyn Brewmaster vs. a Top Chef « Beer & Whiskey Brothers Says:

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    2. Kevin M Says:

      So, about that Sommelier Certification a certain Dark Lord possesses…

    3. Kevin M Says:

      Oh yeah, that same Dark Lord with the Sommelier Certification is also a former chef with almost 15 years experience as a chef and cook… and no, he’s not like Bobbly Flay… yuck!

    4. Jim Says:

      This Dark Lord fella seems uniquely qualified to be a judge at this awesome event. If only we knew who he was…

    5. Simply Beer Says:

      if only… :-)

    6. Kevin M Says:

      He’s over qualified… more like quali-fried.

    7. Michael Reinhardt Says:

      Would love to be there. A man can only dream.

    8. Simply Beer Says:

      @michael, I’ll make sure I report back on it, take some good pictures for ya.

    9. Scott-TheBrewClub Says:

      Nice work Peter. I won’t be able to make this event either (no, I’m not working!) but I’ll help spread the word. I’m sure it will be a great success!

    10. nate Says:

      I’ll echo Mike’s sentiments. I am quite impressed how involved you are getting…that’s how you make a name for yourself.

    11. Simply Beer Says:

      @nate I have my hands in lots of cookie jars right now. I hope all the plans work out, cause this is a sh*t load of fun for me. I hope to be able to announce some more cool events in the near future.
      As far as this dinner goes, Both Garrett and Fred are very charismatic people, I’m super excited to be part of it!

    12. nate Says:

      I wonder how you do it all! Garrett is on my list of people to meet someday…he’s bought a lot of class to the craft beer industry.


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