Natural Yeast + Veggie Feast = Sour Beer Fest at Jimmy’s No. 43


What: Sour Beer & Vegetarian Nonsense Dinner

Where: Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street

When: August 16, 7-10pm

How Much: $45.57 (includes tax and gratuity)

Beer dinners are often sausage-heavy affairs, the stuff of carnivore winter dreams. But in August what’s a New Yorker craving lighter fare with her refreshing sour beer — let alone a beer-loving vegetarian — to do?

Jimmy Carbone has the answer: This Thursday, he’s throwing a second sour beer celebration at Jimmy’s No. 43 and eschewing meat for the Sour Beer & Vegetarian Nonsense Dinner. Why? Several customers asked when he’d be holding another vegetarian event. “We’re not trying to radical,” he notes, “just responsive.”

Carbone’s psyched about sours: “These beers are traditional styles from a pre-industrial, pre-refrigeration time. They aren’t about managed yeast, but made with wild, natural yeasts. They showcase the ultimate in craft.”

He called on distributor B. United International, strong advocates of lesser known, traditional brews, to curate the evening’s drink menu. The international roster will include Prof. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse, Vapeur Cochonne, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout and BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien.

Goat Town chef and Prune graduate Jessica Wilson is hitting the local greenmarket to supply the dinner’s bounty. Wilson’s five-course menu sounds as promising as its pairings: zucchini carpaccio with walnuts, almond yellow pepper soup, roasted corn omelet, ricotta gnocchi and tomato panna cotta with basil oil.

Wild yeast with a market-fresh feast? Makes sense to us.

Photo courtesy of Bernt Rostad.

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