This meal was inspired by Czech Svickova, a braised beef and sour cream dish Nicole had a long time ago while traveling in the Czech Republic. There was more trial and error than usual for most of the Eastern European themed items on the menu, including failed attempts at making spaetzle and sauerkraut; but we also came up with some recipes that are sure to stick around, like spicy beer mustard and coffee whipped cream. The final attempt at Svickova was pretty delicious as well.

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Lavash Cracker and Lemon Dill Yogurt

Moscow Mule – Fentimans Ginger Beer, Tito’s Vodka, Lime Juice, Fee Brother’s Rhubarb Bitters

German Pretzel, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Ale Mustard

Vegetable & Cheese Fondue – Gruyere, Gouda, Laughing Cow, Bad Seed Dry Hard Cider

Pan-fried Pork Belly, Brussel Sprouts, Baby Potatoes, Ale Mustard

Svickova – Czech Style Sour Cream Sauce and Dumplings, Sirloin

Apple Pie with Ginger Crumble, Bourbon Caramel and Coffee Cream

Becherovka Czech liquor

Beer c/o Browerij Lane – Wychwood Hobgoblin ESB, McNeill’s Dark Angel Imperial Stout