Checkers Old Munchen Serves Multibeer Dinner Every Month
Beer and sausages have been paired together for what seems like time immemorial. So why change things? Checkers Old Munchen, a Pompano German-American staple for years, doesn't think we should either; every third Friday of the month, it puts on a German-beer-pairing dinner that will leave you full and satisfied.
We arrived at the restaurant this past Friday to find the establishment already packed, with patrons finishing their standard dinner service and fans of this event getting settled with a beer list and raffle ticket (we'll get to that later). After a short wait, we were seated and awaited the procession with bated breath.
Beer 1: Bitburger Pilsner
The evening begins with a crisp and clean icon of the German pilsner style, Bitburger. The waitress for our section emerges from the back with an enormous tray of probably two dozen tasting-sized glasses of beer -- perfect to get a handle on the flavors of each entry but not too much, to keep the place from becoming a bacchanalia.
Beer 2: Shiner Ruby Redbird
Quickly, I learned that the beers were coming out every ten minutes, seemingly on the dot. By the time the Ruby Redbird, an interesting citrusy but not-too-sweet grapefruit-treated lager, arrived, generous portions of bratwurst, smoked pulled pork, and liverwurst and munster cheese were ready for plundering. Regulars to this event showed us the way.
Nick Hoffman, who has attended these beer dinners for the past few months, says the event has "perfect food" and is "a great way to sample some unique beers."
Beer 3: Konig Ludwig Weisse
This one is spicy but light and goes great with my plate of bratwurst. Hoffman points out that I had forgotten one of the best things at the buffet: the bacon-wrapped dates. He makes sure that's remedied, though, and I realize he is absolutely correct. Those things are heavenly. So I grab a few more.