Press Release: Karl Strauss Honors 21st Anniversary with Beer Dinner Supporting Chef Celebration Scholarship Fund

In honor of its 21st Anniversary, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is hosting a Chef Celebration Beer Dinner. The event will feature six locally renowned chefs preparing five unique dishes paired with five different Karl Strauss beers. The beer dinner takes place at Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Sorrento Mesa at 6pm on Tuesday May 18, 2010.

“We are very excited to host this Chef Celebration Dinner,” says Gunther Emathinger, Karl Strauss Executive Chef. “We have a very talented line-up of chefs and each course pairs beautifully with the beer. It’s great to see the creativity of this group.” The dinner starts off with an amuse bouche and continues on to four more delectable courses. The finale is a dessert made with and paired with the Karl Strauss 21st Anniversary Ale, a Belgian Strong Ale brewed with the juice from Old Vine Zinfandel grapes.

Chef Celebration is a partnership of more than 50 award-winning local chefs who donate their time and skills to raise funds for the nonprofit culinary scholarship program. Over the past twelve years, Chef Celebration has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to local chefs, helping to lay the foundation of culinary excellence in San Diego.

The five-course dinner and beer pairing is $65 donation per person, with $35 going towards the nonprofit Chef Celebration scholarship fund. To make a reservation, call Kristina at (858) 581-7325. For more information about Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Chef Celebration, please visit &


Ed Glebus, Qualcomm
Larry Abrams, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
Kevin Lissy, KnB Wine Cellars
Kyle Bergman, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Gunther Emathinger & Corey Rapp, Karl Strauss Brewing Company


Amuse Bouche:
Karl Strauss Amber Lager
Beer Flatbread, Goat Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Beer Onions, Arugula

First Course presented by Kyle Bergman, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Pintail Pale Ale
Crispy Duck Rillette, Fava Bean Puree, Sweet Herb Salad, Meyer Lemon-Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen Vinaigrette

Second Course presented by Kevin Lissy, KnB Wine Cellars
Reef Break Red
Blackened King Chinook Salmon, Savory Mushroom Scotch Ale Bread pudding, Orange-Brandy Beurre Blanc

Third Course presented by Larry Abrams, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
Minden Maibock
Maibock-Braised Pork Shank, Sweet Pea Risotto, Kumquat Arugula Salad, and Maibock Reduction

Fourth Course presented by Edward Glebus, Qualcomm
Red Trolley Ale
Thunder Ridge “Natural” Sirloin Top Steak, Spiny Lobster Chili Relleno, Avocado Pepita Crema

Fifth Course presented by Corey Rapp, Karl Strauss Brewing Company
21st Anniversary Ale
21st Anniversary Ale Jubilee, Bing Cherries, Pistachio Ice Cream, Hazelnut Tuiles

About Karl Strauss Brewing Company

This year Karl Strauss Brewing Company turns the big 2-1, the most important year in a beer drinker’s life. This coming of age will be celebrated throughout 2010 with a diverse lineup of 35 beers, including 6 year-round favorites, 3 seasonal offerings, and a host of innovative special brews. Located in San Diego and distributed exclusively in Southern California, Karl Strauss currently ranks #40 on the list of Top Craft Breweries in the country. In addition to handcrafting quality beers, Karl Strauss is a leader of the beer and culinary connection at their six local brewery restaurants. For more information visit or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739.;

About Chef Celebration

Chef Celebration Foundation of San Diego is a nonprofit organization that strives to enhance the knowledge and potential of promising young chefs and lay a foundation of excellence for San Diego’s culinary future. Every year during the month of October, Chef Celebration holds a series of dinners featuring teams of award-winning local chefs who donate their time and talents to raise funds for an annual scholarship program.