By: Ken Suddith, 1/6/16
Go Local is excited to kickoff the 2016 “Meet the Brewer” series at Pendulum Fine Meats on Thursday evening, 1/14. The series will feature local brewers partnered with the best locally owned markets and restaurants pairing their foods with great craft beer. Meet the Brewer is an opportunity for beer fans to talk to brewers, learn more about their beers and what foods pair well with them. This will be of particular interest to foodies, craft beers lovers and home brewers. The first event will feature Pendulum Fine Meats and owners Dylan and Dana Wakefield and Cicerone Certified Beer Server and owner of Crafty’s Beer Programs, Lucien Frelin.
Lucien, tell us how you decided to start Crafty’s and how you came to partner with Pendulum
I wanted to contribute to and get involved in the craft beer scene in Norfolk. Being a spectator just wasn’t enough. Originally, I wanted to open a bottle shop. We tested the idea through various events for about 4 months, one being a killer growler fill event at Pendulum. The next step was to find an affordable retail location. After about 6 or 7 unsuccessful proposals I decided to change gears. As a one man show I thought I could help other businesses build their own craft beer programs instead. Enter, Dylan Wakefield from Pendulum. He asked me if I could help them with their beer program and the new Crafty’s Beer Programs was born. We think it’s a pretty perfect pairing in both business and offerings. Stay tuned.
Kevin Erskine, the owner of Coelacanth Brewing Co. (and his master Brewer Matt Topping) will be our featured Brewer. Tell us a little bit about them and why you selected Coelacanth for this event
We chose the Coelacanth guys for a couple reasons. They’re new to the neighborhood and they deserve a little lime light. The more exposure the better. I tasted Coelancanth’s beer and it’s very true to style, which means they know how to brew. I’m excited that they’ve picked the direction of brewing traditional beer styles and I’m excited to share it with folks. They are focusing on the malty side of beer and I like that too. They are a direct contrast of the VERY popular hoppy stuff on every shelf. They are something unique and notable.
Can you give us a sneak peak at the menu we can expect from Pendulum
We like surprises! Don’t you? You can expect some charcuterie, a small plate pairing, and other small items that will highlight or compliment the two beers from Coelacanth. What is really neat is the format. We’re going to guide ticket holders around the butcher shop and have them stop at different stations and sample items made by and sold by Pendulum all in the company of the brewers and their beer. It’ll be a super interesting food and drink event unlike anything we’ve done before.
Go Locals mission is to promote and support locally owned business… Tell us why you think that’s important for our community
I think supporting local is not only great but in most cases it’s just easier and the right thing to do. There are economic reasons for it of course, but to me it’s really about just being involved. If you get out and shop local, experience local places, meet other locals your life in general gets better. Groups like Go Local 757 make our community more vibrant.
Finally, tickets can be purchased for the event at golocal757.com for $30, Tell us what you get with your ticket
This is subject to a bit of change but right now we’re hoping to have 11 stations for ticket holders to circuit. The stations will be a mix of light food items, tastings, and demos of cooking, butchery, including meeting the owners, brewers and other folks involved. It’ll be worth every penny and we’re really trying to squeeze a lot of unique value on top of food/drink into the event while leaving some room for proceeds to go to Roc Solid.