Arena Bar and Grill (380 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre) will host its annual Valentine's Beer Dinner Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m., and this year's menu sounds amazing - and I'm only half talking about the food.
The five-course dinner will feature Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, St. Bernardus Prior 8, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Ommegang Seduction and Lost Abbey Angel's Share.
"We usually go with the rare beers, anything new and innovative you won't get at your corner bar," General Manager Samantha Grant told Dish Monday.
The food portion kicks off with crostini three ways: With brandied pear, walnuts and gorgonzola, with beef, brie and honey and with shrimp, tomato and mozzarella followed by lobster bisque with cognac. Cocoa almonds and dried-cherry chop salad with lamb tenderloin precedes the entree of petite filet mignon with pomegranate ale reduction and lobster trottole pasta gratin. A chocolate dessert finishes the dinner on a sweet note.
Arena started hosting the beer dinners about three years ago.
"The owners and I and some of our employees like to go down to the Philadelphia area for beer dinners," Grant began. "They're a great, great experience to try new food and new beers, and they pair together perfectly that you just don't anticipate some of the tastes that you get from the beer mixed with the food.
"The area has, I think, grown with its interest in beer, so we thought why not do a beer dinner like Philly does?"
As for Sunday's event, Grant is looking forward to trying the Ommegang Seduction.
"They're combining their Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, which is a rich, chocolaty beer with an aged Cuvee kriek, which is a cherry lambic. It sounds absolutely phenomenal, I can't wait to try that, I'm not going to lie," she added with a laugh.
The dinner is $55 per person, and seating is limited. Call Grant at 570.970.8829 to reserve your spot.