The Food Guy, Steven Keith Eating his way through the state, plate by plate

I’m still on Cloud 9 after last night’s fantastic Bridge Brew Works Beer Dinner at Charleston’s Bridge Road Bistro.

I enjoyed chatting with BBW owners Nathan Herrold and Ken Linch (the entire company) about their stellar new brews from Fayetteville — and enjoyed sampling them even more when paired with BRB’s special tasting menu.

After a glass of the German-malted gold Long Point Lager, the moderately hoppy English amber Bridge Brew Ale was served with an outstanding Grilled Gingered Skate Wing over delicately flavored Asian Rice Noodles. Next came the deep copper, nicely bitter India Pale Ale paired with Foie Gras-Stuffed Free Range Chicken Breast with Mushroom and Pancetta Ragout.

Fantastic Braised Swift Level Short Ribs with Balsamic-Glazed Cippolini Onions over Parsnip Whipped Potatoes were accompanied by both the Belgian-Style Dubbel (dark and malty, balanced hops) and the crisp and fruity Tripel, packing a deceptive 8.97% alcohol content. As good as this course was, dessert managed to match it with a decadent Warm Chocolate “Black Lager” Walnut Cake served with Espresso Ice Cream and the same dark, semi-dry German Black Lager that went into the cake itself.

I’m telling you, every course — and beer — was oh, so good. One of my favorite restaurants teaming up with my new favorite West Virginia microbrewery? Yep, that’s a good night.

To learn more about upstart Bridge Brew Works, visit You can also find some of their beers at the Capitol Market Wine Shop and The Liquor Company at Patrick Street, plus on tap at Pies & Pints, Bar 101 and Bridge Road Bistro.