|Myles O’Brien (The Tavern Murrisk), Bart Adons and Cillian Ó’Móráin (Mescan Brewery)|
Fáilte Ireland Food Tourism Executive PJ Hartnett officially launched the Mescan Food-Pairing Guide at the Tavern Bar and Restaurant, Murrisk, Westport on Tuesday 21st May 2019. This innovative idea shows chefs and consumers how to easily match Mescan craft beers with the foods that complement each beer best. It is available in a printed format and also via the website. A simple click on a QR code will bring the consumer directly to the webpage.
The Mescan Food-Pairing Guide was developed by Inge Roels, a Belgian expert in food-pairing who has worked with the brewery since its early days. She has produced a food-pairing guide for each of the beers, to make it easier for people when choosing, or advising, which beer to serve with their own or a customer's meal. The Mescan range currently consists of nine craft beers. They are all brewed in the Belgian style, using very traditional methods, resulting in a broad range of rich and flavourful beers eminently suited to pairing with food. They are vegan friendly and 100% natural.
“Mescan craft beers are exceptionally suited to enjoying with food”, said Cillian Ó Móráin of Mescan Brewery, “We were inundated with queries as to the best pairings from consumers and from restaurants and bars. We wanted to create something simple yet effective that would help people enjoy our beers with the optimum foods – hence the Mescan Food-Pairing Wheel was born”.
To illustrate the magic of perfect pairings, executive chef Myles O’Brien presented dishes to match each of the Mescan beers so everyone could enjoy the complementary pairings. Some delicious examples were a Kelly’s Black Pudding Croquette with Dillisk Yoghurt and a Jalapeño Sauce paired with Mescan Red Tripel, Fresh Hake Goujons and Aioli paired with Mescan White and a hearty Beef and Stout Casserole with Baby Potatoes perfectly complemented by Mescan Westporter stout.
Myles had already developed Mescan Menus at The Tavern, where he had matched each course with a different Mescan beer. This made The Tavern a perfect location for the launch and it’s a great example of two local businesses at the base of Croagh Patrick supporting each other. “I really enjoy the process of pairing food with the most complementary beer”, explained Myles, “Many people prefer drinking beer to wine and just aren’t aware that drinking the correct one can make a huge difference to their dining experience. I think this is a great step from Mescan and I hope it’s a big success for them”.
Mescan Beers are currently available in bars, restaurants and off licences in Connacht, Dublin, Cork and increasingly around the country. They are also available directly through the website www.mescanbrewery.com. Mescan will have a stand at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.