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Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery Joins JG Domestic For a Fish Fry

Jose Garces
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As summer begins winding down, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ all-American JG Domestic is distancing itself from the beer-b-que dinners it hosted earlier in the season, and instead throwing a fish fry feast this month. With the help of Bell’s Brewery, the restaurant will pair fried fish and a lot more with the Michigan-based brewer’s finest beers. It all goes down on Saturday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. JG’s chef de cuisine Reny Alfonso will serve housemade dried pork sausage with house mustard and sourdough baguette, and Grassfields Farm Lamont cheddar cheese during a brief reception before the dinner. For the meal itself, he’s serving fried fish, side dishes, and a bunch of other stuff. Keep reading to see the menu, and beers chosen to go with it.

Alfonso’s menu includes JGD Fish Fry, Lake Michigan Perch and house tartar sauce; Sides dishes, including assorted pickles, coleslaw and house fries; organic greens salad with pickled cherries, almonds and cherry-stout vinaigrette; beef pasty, a beef turnover pie; Parker House rolls with whipped butter and sea salt; and blueberry pie with lemon meringue ice cream. Beers served will include Oberon Ale, which mixes a spicy hop character with mildly fruity notes; Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, an ale marked by an intensely floral hop aroma and malt balance; Amber Ale, which has a toasted grain and light caramel character, and a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes; Porter, which has darker, roasted qualities with hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee; and Oracle Double IPA, a West Coast-style double India pale ale that packs a punch of dry-hop intensity and aggressive bitterness.

The dinner costs $55 per person, and reservations are a must.

Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery Joins JG Domestic For a Fish Fry