Tristan pits Beer vs. Wine in four-course dinner

Local high-end restaurant Tristan is letting you decide which goes better with dinner: Beer or wine. And, it gets fun when you realize it's four courses, each paired with a wine and beer. So that's eight different alcohols you'll get to taste, along with great food.

Here's a bunch of details from an e-mailed press release:
Charleston’s first-ever Beer v. Wine dinner will be held at Tristan on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. This event will feature four courses, each paired with a beer and wine selection. Guests will cast their votes to answer the question: “Which goes better with food—beer or wine?”

Beer will be provided by Stone Brewery (San Diego, California), Duvel Brewery (Belgium) and Ommegang Brewery (Cooperstown, New York) and wine will be come from various regions. Regional representatives from Duvel and Stone Brewery and Tristan Sommelier Brian Austin will be on hand to discuss characteristics and pairings of their beverages.

Seating is extremely limited and priced at $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

The menu will feature:
Kona Kampachi
Stone IPA (Indian Pale Ale) v.
Gurrutxaga Txakolina 2007 (crisp, dry Spanish white)

Keegan Filion Chicken
Duvel White (rich Golden Ale) v.
Domaine de Tours Vaucluse Vin de Pays Vaucluse 2005 (red Rhone blend)

Beef Short Rib
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale (American Strong Ale) v.
La Posta Malbec Paulucci Vineyard 2007 (dry, full-bodied Malbec)

Dark Chocolate Torchon with Butternut Squash Bonfire Toffee and Pinenut
Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence (brewed with real Belgian Chocolate) v.
Charleston Sercial Madeira (smooth, rich Madeira)

Last month Charleston City Paper pointed out a bunch of local beer dinners.