To celebrate DC Beer Week DC Brau, Stillwater, Meridian Pint, & Pizzeria Paradiso came together to assemble a beer based on the old Surrealist parlor game “Exquisite Corpse.” The game, invented by Surrealists, has players write, in turn, on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. This technique produces a disjointed, surreal collaborative effort.
The recipe follows the rules of this game. Each participant chose his respective part without the knowledge of the others’ choices. Greg Jasgur of Pizzeria Paradiso chose the grain bill, Sam Fitz of Meridian Pint the hops, Brian Strumke of Stillwater the yeast. Brewed by Jeff Hancock at DC Brau, the resulting beer is a sessionable, Mosaic dry-hopped, rye Saison.
The beer will debut Sunday, August 11 at Meridian Pint and Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle. To celebrate the collaborative beer the two restaurants will produce a four course beer dinner exemplifying the Exquisite Corpse technique. Patrons can chose to start at Meridian Pint or Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle for their first two courses, one paired with a Stillwater beer the other with The Exquisite Corpse. For the next two courses patrons will then venture to the other restaurant for another round of pairings, one with a DC Brau beer and the other with The Exquisite Corpse.
Tickets for this event include two paired courses at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle between 4 -7pm and two at Meridian Pint between 7-10pm. Patrons can show up any time they chose within the three hour windows, as tickets do not include a reservation time. Tickets for dinner starting Pizzeria Paradiso can be purchased here. Tickets for dinner starting Meridian Pint can be purchased here. (Transportation between the two restaurants is left up to the patrons.) The price of the dinner is $65 (all inclusive, tax & gratuity)
The menu for option #1 (starting at Pizzeria Paradiso)
1.(PP) Baby greens served in an apricot vinaigrette with goat cheese and bacon wrapped dried apricots. Served with Stillwater Cellar Door
2.(PP) Crab & Summer succotash served on homemade rye saison bread. Served with DC Brau/Stillwater Exquisite Corpse
3.(MP) Dry rubber grilled pork tenderloin with creamed corn and local peach BBQ sauce. Served with DC Brau/Stillwater Exquisite Corpse
4.(MP) Raspberry and fig gratin. Served with DC Brau St. Joesph’s Tripel
The menu for option #2 (starting at Meridian Pint)
1. (MP) Chilled Sorrel Soup with Crème Fraiche and Croutons – Stillwater Cellar Door
2. (MP) Warm Skate Salad with Nasturtiums, Baby Mache, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Grilled Squash in a Sherry-Almond Vinaigrette – DC Brau /Stillwater Exquisite Corpse
3. (PP) 8” Pizza with Summer Succotash, Maryland Crab Salad, Old Bay Aioli – DC Brau/Stillwater Exquisite Corpse
4. (PP) Summer Berry Supremes with Jalapeno Cream and Lemon Basil Drizzle – DC Brau Public