Tony P’s Celtic-themed beer dinner features food pairings designed to make the brews taste better

By Chloe Jory

beerTony Palermo has been doing beer tastings a little differently the past three years.

Every other month, a “beer dinner” at Tony P’s Dockside Grill combines its namesake’s passion for brew and great food in an increasingly popular twist on a classic wine tasting night.

Held in the Marina del Rey restaurant’s private Dockside Room, Tony P’s beer dinners pair five beers with five plates in a in a prix fixe menu designed to wow craft beer connoisseurs and foodies alike. Past menus have included Oktoberfest brews and popular holiday ales accompanied by a brewery representative.

This Wednesday’s Celtic-themed dinner features traditional Irish recipes to usher in St. Patty’s Day celebrations.

Tony P’s offers 40 draught and 80 bottled beers on any given day, but the beer dinner menu is all about creating unique pairings that enhance the taste of the food and — more importantly for Palermo — the beer.

“Matching the right food [with the beer] is kind of a big deal. It totally changes the taste of the beer,” Palermo said.

While a spicy dish can take the bite out of a hoppy IPA, an award-winning beer like Young’s Double Chocolate Stout — the Celtic-themed menu’s dessert touch — intensifies the flavor of a classic English trifle.

Another highlight on Wednesday is Angry Balls, a spirited mix of cider and Fireball Whiskey to be paired with “Celtic Nachos,” a medley of sausage, potato skins and aged cheddar. Also featured are brews such as the smoky Wee Heavy (paired with a beef and Guinness stew) and the nutty Scotch Ale (paired with Belfast bangers and mash).

Dinner is poured at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tony P’s Dockside Grill, 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. A flat price of $60 per person includes tax and tip. Attendance is capped at 50. Call (310) 823-4534 to RSVP. Check out the menu at tonyps.com.

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