Last week New Belgium invaded Northern California and the Sonoma International Film Festival. The third largest craft brewery in America began the celebration with a night of short films and beer cuisine cooked by none other than Sonoma’s own Sean Z. Paxton, The Home Brew Chef. The evening started with bacon fat popped popcorn with tomato and porcini powder, and brews on the patio at Ramekins Culinary School, Events and Inn in Sonoma. Throughout the meal, Chef Sean thrilled guests with his skilled and imaginative menu highlighting brews such as La Folie, Ranger IPA and Sunshine Wheat, showing their versatility in the kitchen.
The resulting meal was a feast for the senses as well as the eyes. During dinner New Belgium featured 3 of the 20 short films they presented at the film festival. I have attached one below, “The Man Who Lived On His Bike” for you to check out.
New Belgium is also hosting a traveling film festival of sorts, for those of you who couldn’t make it to Sonoma. Click here for more information.