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Blue Heron Restaurant to Host Clown Shoes Beer Dinner

SUNDERLAND — Blue Heron Restaurant is teaming up with Clown Shoes Beer of Ipswich to present a Beer Dinner on Thursday, March 19. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner service will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Each of the five courses is inspired by one of Clown Shoes’ beers. The menu will begin with house smoked salmon pinwheels paired with Clementine White Ale, followed by housemade fettuccine with shrimp and Serrano ham, paired with Clown Shoes’ cheekily titled Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA. The braised neck of lamb over stewed white beans will be paired with the Hoppy Feet Black IPA, followed by coffee-spiced Kobe beef with Brown Angel Brown Ale. The final course will be a duet of Oaxacan chocolate cake and sombrero stout ice cream, made with Clown Shoes’ Mexican Style Chocolate Stout.

“I was initially drawn to Clown Shoes because my mother loved clowns,” said Executive Chef Deborah Snow, “and to have a locally produced beer by that name seemed like a perfect fit. As it turns out, their beers are beautifully complex, and beautiful to look at, so I really enjoyed the process of pairing them with each menu item.”

Mike Pettengill, sales and events coordinator for Clown Shoes Beer, will be present to talk about the beers and the company, and will be giving away glassware and other Clown Shoes goodies. The price per person is $55, which includes beer pairings but does not include tax or gratuity. The full menu with beer pairings can be viewed at www.blueherondining.com/special-events. To make a reservation, call (413) 665-2102.

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