I had the grand opportunity to participate in the Cele”beer”ty Death-Match event at Gas Full Service Restaurant, located in Saint Augustine, Florida. The event consisted of 6 gourmet courses, accompanied by two beers each. Between the two beers served for each course, guests voted on which one paired best.
Our first course consisted of a Green Chili Braised Chicken Tostada with Roasted Tomatillo and Sweet Corn Salsa with Cilantro Crema. The crunchy tostada had the most tender chicken atop it, with so many juicy flavors flowing from it. The meal was paired with Engine 15 Brewing’s J’Ville Lager vs. Cigar City’s Tampa Lager. The Tampa Lager won by a landslide!
The second course was Sesame and Togarashi Seared Sea Scallops over Fresh Spicy and Bitter Greens with Blood Orange and Ginger Viniagrette. The scallops were prepared perfectly and the seasoning was a flawless blend! The beers for this course were Swamphead’s Stumpknocker vs. First Magnitude’s 72 Pale Ale. Stumpknocker was the winner for this course!
For the third course, we feasted upon Coconut Curry Vegetable Soup. The creaminess of this flavorable soup was divine. I would be beyond happy to sip on this soup every day for the rest of my life. This dish was paired with Bold City’s Mad Manatee vs. Ancient City’s Anastasia Island IPA. Mad Manatee was the winner!
Our fourth course was a Datil Pepper Southern Fried Steak and Eggs. Oh. my. goodness. This dish was heavenly. Being from the South, every chef thinks that they make the best gravy in town. However, every other chef is sadly mistaken in Saint Augustine because chef Ben Loose of Gas Full Service makes a gravy that can’t be beat! This perfect brunchy dish was paired with Due South’s Category 5 IPA vs. Funky Buddha’s Hop Stimulator. Due South won this battle of the south Florida beers!
At this point, we were starting to feel quite full, but we knew that we had to keep pushing on. For our fifth course, we had Pan Roasted Chorizo Stuffed Quail over Cheddar Grits and Charred Sweet Tomatoes. It’s hard to choose, but this was definitely my favorite dish! The quail had a smokey flavor that was especially pleasing to my senses and the chorizo was packed with spices that tied this dish together. This course was paired with Green Room’s Count Shak-U-La vs. Barley Mow’s Maven Chocolate Milk Stout. Barley Mow won best pairing for this course!
For our sixth and final course, we were delighted to eat a Caramel Hazelnut Tart. This was a gooey, chocolately, wonderful hazelnut tart. This dish ended the meal perfectly because it was not overly sweet, yet it was still able to meet the expectations of a perfectly sweet dessert. This course was paired with 3 Daughter’s Rod Bender vs. Brew Bus’ Rollin’ Dirty (both red ales). Rollin’ Dirty took the winning title for this dessert!
I still can’t get over how amazing this meal was. The concept of having the guests vote for the best pairing beer really challenged everyone to deeply taste the ingredients of the food and beer. This allowed for dinner guests to gain a new, exciting experience, opposed to the normalcy of a regular brunch. Gas Full Service composed a wonderful meal that is sure to have their guests returning soon with eager appetites!
Gas Full Service Restaurant
9 Anastasia Blvd.
Saint Augustine, Florida 32080