Drawing: Chefs Consortium pairing of local beer/food at City Beer Hall

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Drawing's closed!

This Thursday, November 20, there's a fundraiser for the Chefs Consortium at the City Beer Hall in Albany that will be pairing local beers with locally-produced foods. We have a pair of tickets to the event, and we're giving them away.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What are two local things that pair well together?

This could be anything -- food, places, activities, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random, that person gets the pair of tickets.

Featured breweries at the event are: Chatham Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Nine Pin Cider Works, and Rare Form Brewing Company. Beers (and cider) from those places will be paired with food made with products from Hawthorne Valley Farm, Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Northwind Farms, and R & G Cheese works.

The event starts at 6 pm on Thursday, Novemeber 20. Tickets are $35 each, and include $1 off drinks all night at the City Beer Hall and a 20 percent discount ticket for dinner there. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chefs Consortium's educational programs.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Wednesday and must respond by 7 pm that day.


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Dinosaur BBQ pulled pork and Browns Brewing Company Pale Ale! The best!!

Pomodoro Pizza & Wings

Stooping in center square with a few bottles of Nine Pin Cider. There have to be a few fall days hidden around the corner before we go full snow... right?

Dinner at New World and a movie at the Spectrum

Druthers Mac& Cheese plus any of their delicious beers.

Huge mug of beer and a bratwurst at Wolff's Biergarten

Walkable neighborhoods & the geographical distribution of coffee shops.

Cask and Rasher's COJO wings and Crossroads Black Bear Stout

The perfect cold weather mini-roadtrip south of Albany

The Hudson and swimming.

Craft beer & the Beer Hall

Ironweed Rye and a smoky local gouda from the Cheese Traveler!

Two local things that pair incredibly well together are a box-full of mini pastries from Crisan and my stomach (and a locked door -- stay away, my pastries!).

Price Chopper's impending name change and zero f*cks.

indian ladder's apple cider donuts with a tierra roaster's mug of coffee

Easy level: Cider donuts and Thacher Park
Tougher level: A bike ride in the Heldebergs followed by a sub from Andy's

Running at the Corning Preserve and the Brunching at the Iron Gate Cafe.

Walkable bridges and the Hudson!

Schenectady farmer's market and a Persian Bite wrap

Dinner at City Beer Hall with a show at The Egg

A quiet evening skate at the Plaza followed by some comforting pub food at Hill Street Cafe

The Saratoga Racetrack and day drinking.

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Malt barley and hops....

A hike in the ADK, followed by some Druthers pretzels bites & cheese beer dip!

Autumn foliage and Thacher Park

Congress park in the summertime and the shops on Broadway

Dinosaur ribs and a pint of Apehangers.

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Coffee and crodos from The Crisp Cannoli

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Mozz Sticks and Melba sauce

Snowing and Complaining

nine pin cider and capital Q bbq

Diversity and the various venues where it is sought and celebrated.

A donut from Cider Belly with a class of Brown's Porter.

Ducklings and the Empire State Plaza Reflecting Pond

Foodwise: Nine Pin Cider and CBH truffle mac!

Chatham Maple Amber and watching the leaves fall while sitting by the fire.

This weather and a hot drink from stacks.

Summer in Albany and Alive @ Five.

warm weather and local festivals

Daily Grind coffee and a cold, cold morning.

Albany and Troy, and their respective cozy wine bars.

Dinner and an FreeQX show at the Hollow.

1 Part Nine Pin Cider + 3 Parts Browns Brewing Brown Ale = Candy Apple Brown Ale

campfire and friends

Lucas Confectionery + TSB Music Hall

Fall and a chowder made from farmer's market ingredients.

Farmers Market in Troy followed by lunch at The Grocery

Freezing steering wheel and a steaming coffee

Ice and climbing!

I'll be out of town, so don't pick me, but here's a pairing for my perfect (last) Sunday:
A chilly November walk in Washington Park paired with cozy browsing in Dove&Hudson Books afterwards. The best.

Long drives and Stewarts coffee

A beer from Brew and First Friday artwork.

A Bombers burrito and a beer from Brew!

A picnic in the Albany Rural Cemetery is well paired with a meatball sub from Roma Importing in Latham.

Corning tower observation deck and a sunny snowy day.

The Ruck and Football

A sightseeing tour on the Dutch Apple and a Davidson IPA

The City Beer Hall Chefs Consortium pairs great with my birthday (Nov. 20)!

Kegs and eggs

Dinner at the Stewart House Garden Bar and a concert at Athens Riverfront Park.

Hearty bread and chicken soup

Beer and wings at the Ruck!!!

A drink at New World and a movie at the Spectrum.

Nine Pin cider and a bowl of Yanni's bisque

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