CBN Dinner Series: Great Lakes Brewery at L.A.B. Restaurant

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

For the second event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, we celebrated the art of experimentation, as the adventurous beers of Great Lakes Brewery – including several rare and one-off brews – were paired with six courses of unique ‘cucina moleculare’ crafted by chef Howard Dubrovsky in the kitchen of his L.A.B. Restaurant.


Warm socca with herb seedling salad & dusted basil oil
Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale

Duck three ways with Pompous Ass glaze, garlic kale & beet foam
Sour cream spätzle with parsley nage, wild mushrooms & garlic chips, under a dome with hickory smoke
Great Lakes Pompous Ass English Pale Ale

Fresh shellfish chowder in a nutmeg cream
Vegetable chowder with nutmeg, fennel, confit cipollini onions & celery root
Great Lakes No Chance With Miranda Saison

Deconstructed root vegetable tart with brie jelly & espuma of sultanas
Great Lakes/L.A.B./CBN Collaboration Brown Saison

Chinotto-braised short ribs with orange espuma & 5-grain date pilaf
Carrot risotto cake with molten cheddar centre & heirloom vegetables
Great Lakes/Zack Weinberg Kama Stoutra Curry Stout

Chocolate pot de crème with dulce de leche & tonka bean foam
Great Lakes Dude Where’s My Czar? Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout


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Founded in 1987 and independently owned by the Bulut family, Great Lakes Brewery is Toronto’s oldest craft brewery. After almost 20 years of producing exclusively lagers, the brewery launched Devil’s Pale Ale in 2006, and has since added a number of seasonal beers to its portfolio – including Green Tea Ale, Orange Peel Ale, Pumpkin Ale and Winter Ale – as well as a constantly growing list of limited edition and one-off beers, many of them served at the “Project X” open house events held each month at the brewery.

Known for his appearances on CBC’s Gill Deacon Show and other media, chef Howard Dubrovsky opened his restaurant L.A.B. (Live And Breathe) in Toronto’s Little Italy in 2010, and has gained rave reviews for his experimentation with what he describes as ‘cucina moleculare’: a new style of cooking where classic Italian fare is recreated with a modern, yet familiar style of molecular gastronomy.

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