CBN Dinner Series: Amsterdam Brewery vs. Flat Rock Cellars at Beast Restaurant

MONDAY, JUNE 18th, 2012

For this event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, we hosted a friendly take on the old “beer vs. wine” rivalry, presenting beers from Amsterdam Brewery alongside wines from Flat Rock Cellars, and pairing them both with a convivial and communal style meal prepared by chef/co-owner Scott Vivian and his team at Beast Restaurant.

To make this dinner even more special, the dessert – created by pastry chef/co-owner Rachelle Cadwell – was served with an exclusive Amsterdam/Flat Rock collaborative beer – a Sour Cherry Imperial Stout aged on French oak chips. The first ever collaboration between a brewery and winery in Ontario, this beer was crafted by the brewing team at Amsterdam together with Flat Rock’s Ross Wise, who was a brewer in New Zealand before becoming a winemaker.

This event was also part of the 3rd annual Ontario Craft Beer Week, an extravaganza of beer events that took place all over Ontario from June 17th to 24th, 2012.



smoked Kolapore Springs rainbow trout falafel
cornbread with country ham and pimiento cheese
Amsterdam Framboise
Flat Rock ’08 Riddled Sparkling Wine

1st Course

southern fried oysters, bacon, cherry tomatoes, ranch, pickled onions
Amsterdam Orange Weisse

ontario asparagus, local burrata, grapefruit, saba
Flat Rock ’10 Riesling

2nd Course

grilled atlantic mackerel, snap peas, salsa verde
Flat Rock ’10 Gewurtztraminer

chorizo sausage, apple butter, quail egg
Amsterdam Saison

3rd Course

crispy pork hocks, carrot-brown butter puree, pea tendrils, carrot vinaigrette
Amsterdam IPA

cumbrae farms strip loin of beef, crispy sweetbreads, northern woods mushroom ragu
Flat Rock ’10 Rogue Concoction

4th Course

profiteroles, chocolate mousse, macerated ontario strawberries
Amsterdam & Flat Rock Sour Cherry Imperial Stout


Amsterdam Brewery is committed to delivering the highest quality craft lagers and ales in Toronto. We believe that freshness and purity are what makes good beer great, which is why we brew our beers in the traditional European brewing process to give each one a distinctive premium body and flavour. Our beers are made with all natural ingredients – all GMO-free, without preservatives, and we never heat pasteurize. In our world, fresh, pure, all natural beer is just better beer.

Flat Rock Cellars is an architecturally unique, five-level gravity flow winery surrounded by 70 acres of estate vineyards, located on the Twenty Mile Bench in Jordan, Ontario. Specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, Flat Rock Cellars uses a combination of modern and traditional winemaking and viticulture techniques to craft premium and unique vineyard driven wines.

Beast is neighbourhood restaurant in Toronto owned and operated by Scott Vivian and Rachelle Cadwell that proudly celebrates Ontario’s local producers and farmers.

Canadian Beer News is a website dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. Presenting news and information with minimal editorializing, CBN features announcements of new beer releases, brewery openings and closures, news about festivals and events, and other information from breweries all across the country.

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