This Event Was Full of Brews, Food and a Whole Lot of Laughs
Written By: Mayandra Robbins
Photographed By: Bhardi Kubendren North Park Beer Tasting
Without a doubt, Waypoint Public, stationed in the heart of San Diego’s renowned North Park area, has once again developed a way to enjoy the night while keeping true to what plenty of San Diegans hold dear: beer. Enter Waypoint Public. They collaborate with some of the top local breweries in San Diego, ushering in a new event known as the Waypoint Brewmaster Dinner. This feast combines the essence of a beer tasting with the elegant gatherings of a private dinner which creates an intimate environment for strangers to bond over great brews and delicious grub.
For the night, I had the pleasure of joining in on one of the Waypoint Brewmasters Dinners featuring Eppig Brewery, and I was in for the surprise of a lifetime. During this multi-course pairing dinner, I was not only able to learn more about beer but experience the true passion and genius of both those in Eppig and the Head Chef of Waypoint, Justin Cullimore. With funny short stories to heartwarming family tales, the dinner felt less like a tasting and more like a gathering of old friends. One of my favorite moments of this dinner was when the namesake of the Eppig brand, Stephanie Eppig, shared the history of the family after cracking open one of their barrel aged beers, known as the Moment of Weakness. This special brew used “some of the finest hand-picked wine barrels in order to create this [special] brew,” said Eppig. You could sense the family pride just by looking at the design of the bottle that held the original Eppig insignia on its face.
During the Brewmaster Dinner, Chef Cullimore made some of the most delicious, mouthwatering food that I have ever tasted. From a local stone fruit salad to a braised hillside lamb, each and every bite was like a taste of heaven. My fave dish was the most surprising of them all: the corned mako shark. “This dish was a new take on your typical corned beef dish and instead we used mako shark,” explained Cullimore. The sweetness of the mako shark paired so well with the pickling spices, and the texture of the braised cabbage blended with the tanginess of the horseradish perfectly. Plus, this dish was paired with one of my favorite beers of the night, the Glitz and Glam. It had fruity notes and a personal touch thanks to Master Brewer Clayton LeBlanc’s hilarious story about how they came up with the name. I would relay it, but you are just going to have to head over to the Eppig tasting room and ask him yourself!
The Brewmaster’s Dinner is a one-of-a-kind event that I implore you to experience. The intimate setting, amazing beer selection and, most importantly, the amazing adventurous food makes it something truly special.
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