Some weeks back I got a rather interesting message on twitter from Therese Bergerud asking me if I wanted to try out a beer-with-and-in-food concept at Cafe Christiania in Oslo together with some other beer bloggers (Kjempetorsken, Høyt Skum and Humle og malt). Of course I wanted to take part of this!
I had never been to Cafe Christiania before so I didn’t really know what to expect. We were greeted with a glass of Jacobsen Rose Wit, and after a quick glance at the menu I knew this evening was going to be really exciting. Here is the menu, along with the beers for each dish, translated to the best of my knowledge:
- Apéritif – Jacobsen Rose Wit
- Gillardeau oysters – Black velvet
- Arctic char, chevre cream, sunroot chips, Hoegaarden foam, and quail eggs poached in Oude Geuze – Greens blond ale
- Fish (Skrei) and (home made) chips, porter mayonnaise and pea purée – Frydenlund bayer
- Suckling pig served with choucroute, celery purée, glaced onions and a beer glace made from Ægir Rallar Amber Ale – Brooklyn Brown Ale
- Monte enebro – Chimay Rouge
- Panna Cotta w/Innis and gunn, Tonka beans and white chocolate – Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Ed.
Before each dish Atle Minothi talked us through what we were having and why they had chosen the beer they had for the dish. I was really blown away by the level or seriousness they showed when it came to food and beer.
Being a picky bunch we gave constructive criticism whenever we felt the dish/beer combo could be made even better, and we felt that Atle really listened to our comments. Our comments aside, the food and beer combos were absolutely stunning.
Halfway through the dinner Atle mentioned that they wanted to do something extra for the beer bloggers around the table: Cafe Christiania wanted to award the “Beer blogger of the year 2012” with a price and a diploma for spreading the word about craft beer in Norway. Kjempetorsken was announced the winner of the awards later in the evening (which did not really come as a surprise to any of us). Congratulations Tom, you’ve earned it!
As Jørn Idar mentioned over at his blog, I was also under the impression that Haandverkerstuene is the best place in Oslo for beer and food. After this evening I’m not so sure about that any more. Cafe Christiania takes it to a different level all together IMHO. They might not have the best beer selection, but the combination of beer and food I enjoyed whilst there was undoubtedly the best I have experienced in Oslo.
All in all this was a great evening with food and beer in lovely harmony, shared with other enthusiastic people. I would like to thank Therese and Atle for inviting me, and I hope to be a part of the “blogger awards” next year as well!
Some of the photos I took during the event are available at flickr. Here are some previews: