And the Winner is …

You voted and we listened: our collaboration beer with the Brewers Collective and Edible (which was featured in the 2015 Holiday Issue) has been named Peace Out Plum Stout, which narrowly edged out the second favorite Escape from Plum Island. The spiced plum stout recently made its Long Island debut at Relish along with the holiday issue of Edible.

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Chris Capiral enjoying the Collective’s libations.

Chef and owner Steve Cardello put together a menu of passed food to pair with four Brewers Collective beers, including the newly minted Peace Out Plum Stout. Though Relish only has a handful of taps, they tend to feature local small breweries, so it was a fitting venue to host the release.

Prior to the release party we had only been to Relish for breakfast and lunch. As huge fans of their daytime foods — especially the hungry man with a side of sweet potato tots — we had high hopes for the pairings and were not disappointed.

Cardello kicked off the evening by pairing crunchy cornmeal and cracked pepper fried clam drizzled with a citrus, coriander aoli with the Brewers Collective Schweet, a refreshing wheat beer. Next up was Witchbinder, a gruit ale that features local cheese pumpkin and smoked sage. This richer, more robust brew was complemented by a cauliflower risotto topped with sweet potato hash and candied bacon. The beer of honor, Peace Out Plum Stout, was paired with pistachio duck breast and Mutsu apple topped with a crispy duck chicharron. Let’s just say that no one in our group turned down seconds.

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Crispy Long Island clams.

The evening concluded with an ice cream float, Relish style. Instead of boring vanilla ice cream and cola they put a scoop of homemade Baileys gelato in a glass of Badman Brown, a rich brown ale. Oh, and the whole thing was topped with a homemade biscotti creating a Collective Car Bomb. Talk about dessert done right.

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Tim Dougherty of the Brewers Collective.

Peace Out Plum Stout will be available in limited quantities around Long Island. Get it while it lasts because once it’s gone, it’s gone! Keep an eye on Edible Long Island to see where you can get a pint this holiday season. Right now it’s on tap at Relish, so stop by to create your own delicious pairing.