The 2nd This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown at The Portside Pub.

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The 2nd This Sandwich,That Beer Throwdown is upon us! Happening Sunday, June 23rd from 2-6pm at The Portside Pub in Gastown!

This time we’ve upped the competitors from 6 to 9! Here are the restaurants that will battle till the bitter end for the title!

Street Meet
Save On Meats
Twisted Fork Bistro
Calabash Bistro
Portland Craft
Burgoo
Fable
Cartems Donuterie
El Camino’s

These amazing food establishments will be coming together to create the best sandwich and craft beer pairing, all to benefit Chef Owen Lightly’s Support Fund and A Better Life Foundation.

The event is now sold out.

Please drink (and eat) responsibly, and ensure you have a safe ride home.

Here’s are some photos from the last one, that was a HUGE success!

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Six Acres: Crab Sliders with Konig Ludwig Weissbier

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For the second entry of my unofficial series of Gastown’s craft beer focused spots, I hit up one of the longest standing rooms in the area. Six Acres sits at the original location of Gassy Jack’s tavern and is named for the “six acres” that surrounded it. This is the area that eventually became the city of Vancouver.

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Six Acres has been in the neighbourhood for quite a few years now. They have a few taps that are on rotation but the focus is mainly on bottles. They offer a great selection of North American craft beer, and a ton of international favourites. The food focus is mainly small plates, like chicken wings (which are amazing), marinated olives, charcuterie platters and some really tasty sliders.

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Six Acres is simply a perfect place to sit, snack and sip on tasty beers with friends. They have three different sliders on their menu, a classic beef burger, a veggie burger and a killer crab cake one. Now, without getting too much into semantics, often I’m the guy saying that a burger is not a sandwich. I mean they are two very different things. I chose the crab cake sliders as they were the most “un-burger” of the bunch. I also figured I needed another crab cake option up quickly since the closing of Habit Lounge, whose Crab Cake sandwich I had recently featured.

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The crab cake sliders come in a set of three, each with a good sized crab cake, crunchy cabbage coleslaw and a zesty house made tartar sauce. The buns are pillowy soft with a subtle sweetness that rounds out all the flavours nicely. The crab cakes are crisp and golden on the outside while still moist and packed with crab flavor on the inside. The slaw has just the right level of acidity and is really balanced with the use of cabbage and red onion. The tartar sauce is the real champion on these sliders. It’s super lemony, thick and substantially lathered onto the crab cake. These sliders may be small, but they pack a lot into that tiny package.

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With Six Acres expansive bottle selection, I had a lot of options for the beer. Because they put such a large focus on European imports I decided I would stray a bit from my usual “regional” focus. This decision was made even easier when I saw they had one of my favourite summer beers. The Konig Ludwig Weissbier has long been a go to on hot summer days.

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This refreshing beer pours a cloudy yellow with a tight white head. It has notes of apple and banana that are expected from a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen. This beer made a perfect partner to the crab sliders. Its crisp mouth was perfect after each bite of the slider. Now, I normally throw a big slice of lemon in my hefeweizen, however on this occasion the huge lemon kick from the tartar completely filled that void. This beer goes down so good, luckily Six Acres always has cold ones on hand right around the corner from my apartment.

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So, if you’re looking for some tasty crab sliders paired with a refreshingly crisp traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen, then head to Six Acres for This Sandwich and That Beer.

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Check out www.sixacres.ca and www.royal-bavarian-beer-selection.com for more info, follow Six Acres on Twitter @sixacres and follow me @TSTB_blog. Head to Legacy Liquor Store if you’re looking to pick up a bottle of Konig Ludwig Weissbier on its own.

Also, catch my monthly radio feature on “Just Here For The Beer” on Team Radio 1410AM on May 25th at 12:00pm.

Photo Credits: Jordan Rokosz

The Portside Pub: Pulled Chicken and Kimchi Sandwich with Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

IMG_1659The Portside Pub is the newest of the Gastown craft beer bars offering a rotating selection of great craft beer on their 20+ taps. The décor is really cool, with an awesome east coast ship vibe happening. Wall to wall refurbished wood, porthole windows and lots of other nautical themes. They also offer tasty and unique food options. The options include a variety of dim sum, hot dogs and tasty pulled meat sandwiches, which you get by redeeming tokens that you purchase from your server. Think like a summer carnival inside a bar!

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The Portside offer 3 different sandwich options, including a pulled beef, a pulled pork and a pulled chicken. I went for the pulled chicken which comes with the already stated pulled chicken, spicy kimchi, QP mayonnaise and green onion on a fresh Kaiser bun. Right away you smell the kimchi, and I can honestly say I haven’t always been a fan of kimchi, especially the smell. But in this instance it’s great. It’s spicy and sour, with great acidity and the slow cooked pulled chicken has a subtle sweetness, which is great with the spicy kimchi. The heat from the kimchi really hangs around, but doesn’t take over.  I love the decision for the Japanese style QP mayo, and the thinly sliced green onion slivers are a great addition. Overall this sandwich was really tasty and unique.

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The rotating taps at The Portside mean they get a lot of great seasonals, so I was stoked when they mentioned that the Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes was on tap right now. The beer decision quickly became an easy choice as I’m always curious when it comes to a lot of these “hybrid beer” styles.  I also love everything I’ve had from Deschutes and the Chainbreaker is no different.

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This white IPA pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head, the mouth feel is crisp and it has a nose and first taste of banana. It has a subtle hop aroma as well and then you get a crisp, dry hop finish. It was maybe the perfect beer to pair with the pulled chicken and kimchi sandwich, because as I sipped between bites I found that hoppy IPA characteristics accentuated the heat from the kimchi as the white/wheat beer characteristics worked to mellow the heat out. It actually created a perfect level of heat from the sandwich for my tastes. The Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA will definitely be a go to this summer for me.

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So if you’re looking for a spicy, tasty and unique pulled chicken sandwich paired with a refreshing “hybrid beer” from one of the top craft breweries in the Northwest, then head to The Portside Pub for This Sandwich and That Beer.

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Also head to The Portside Pub for the 2nd “This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown” happening on June 23rd, 2013. Tickets will be on sale soon, check back here or follow me on Twitter for ticket information.

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Check out www.facebook.com/ThePortsidePub and www.deschutesbrewery.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter @ThePortsidePub  and @DeschutesBeer, and follow me @TSTB_blog. Head to Legacy Liquor Store if you want to pick up a six-pack of the Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA.

Also, catch my monthly radio feature on “Just Here For The Beer” on Team Radio 1410AM airing on May 25th at 12:00pm.

Photo credits: Jordan Rokosz