Setting the bar with dinner & beer.

Last week, Common Theory hosted their first multi-course beer-paired dinner, “Theory No. 1”, which was a success! Not only were they able to pack the joint, but they were able to collaborate with 9 amazing chefs, who in turn prepared courses that paired well with Alesmith Brewing Company Beers! Win Win!


Beer o’clock

As soon as I could, I bolted from work and made my way to Common Theory. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited! The last time I was there was to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and I enjoyed some great food and beer!

The Spot

Located in Kearny Mesa, Common Theory houses an awesome and huge bar with lots of craft beer. Booths, 4 tops and large communal tables make it an easy choice for groups or late night hangout spot to enjoy a beer.

Beer Dinner

One of my friends had sent me over the info on the dinner and it quickly piqued my interest. Not only did the lineup of chefs look fantastic, but the menu itself looked intriguing! Everything from Hamachi and scallops to duck breast and pork belly!

Participating chefs included –

I arrived at the dinner not knowing if anyone I knew was going to be there, and frankly it didn’t matter, because they weren’t going to eat my portions… 🙂 ps If you’ve never been to a dinner like this, make it happen! A good portion of the times you are sitting at communal tables so it makes it great for first dates, date night, or just to head out and enjoy some great food and conversation! As I got settled in, Rich Traylor of Pac Shell, whom I met at the Ocean to Table Collaboration, showed up! Good stuff!

As the dinner got underway, each chef came out and described their dish and inspiration, followed by an explanation of the beer pairing!

What you missed…

Hamachi – Orange Curd / Spiced Nikiri Sauce / Salmon Nori Crisp / Citrus Mix Blend


Local Scallop – Hoja Santa Salsa Verde / Yellow Beets / Coriander / Oro Blanco


Lobster Chawanmushi – Mushrooms / Puffed Grains / Caviar / Nasturtiums


Pigs Blood Pudding – Blood Orange / Caramelized Parsnip / Malted Crispies


Chino Farms Sunchokes – Nettles / Kumquat / Black Trumpet Mushrooms / Wood Roasted Vegetable Top Herb Jam


Moulard Duck Breast – Kona Chestnut / Cauliflower & Wasabi Puree / Rye Crumb / Pickled Persimmon / Speedway Demi


Pork Belly – Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Belly / Apple Vinegar Chimichuri / Apple Mustard & Dressed Red Mustard Greens


New York Steak – Cocoa Nib Rubbed New York, Speedway Stout Glazed Carrots / Vanilla & Bourbon Scented Granola / Stout Gastrique


Buckwheat Mousse – Coffee Caramel, Coconut Sorbet / Puffed Buckwheat Crisps


Make sure you follow Common Theory Public House or PS I Love San Diego to attend the next, and I will see you there!!



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