On Monday January 8th, Comal will welcome head brewer and co-owner Jeff Moakler from Laughing Monk Brewing to feature a selection of small batch beers paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Jeff launched his official brewing career at BJ’s Brewhouse in Chandler, Arizona, where he was lead brewer. While at BJ’s, his beer won a Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival, two Gold Medals, one Silver and a Bronze at North American Brewers Association plus a Gold Medal at Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.
Founded in early 2016 by Jeff and co-owner Andrew Casteel, Laughing Monk Brewing is a small batch craft brewery in San Francisco that blends traditions from California and Belgium with a mix of local, seasonal ingredients. They brew an ever-expanding array of unique beers, including those for immediate enjoyment and those that can be aged to perfection.
Like previous dinners, the Laughing Monk beer dinner will be held in Abajo, Comal’s private dining room. Dining alongside Jeff, guests will have the opportunity to speak with Laughing Monk’s head brewer and hear the story behind each featured beer. This is the latest installment of the Abajo Dinner Series at Comal, a series of producer dinners that are collaborations between Comal’s kitchen and the featured vintner, brewer or distiller. Previous dinners have showcased Fieldwork Brewing Company, Arnot-Roberts Wines, Del Maguey Mezcals, Wind Gap Wines, Bedrock Wine Co., Mezcal Vago, HenHouse Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, and many others.
DATE/TIME: Monday, January 8th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $75 inclusive of food, beer and service charge
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1608743
ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
Laughing Monk Dinner Menu
Dungeness crab avocado, mandarins and endive
Holy Ghost pilsner
Frisee and Asian pear lemon chile vinaigrette, Manchego cheese
Third Street pale ale
Sunchoke soup cumin and coriander, cilantro oil
Third Circle Belgian style tripel
Heritage pork tamale mole coloradito
Evening Vespers Belgian style dubbel
Flan tradicional Seville sour orange marmelada
Mango Gose and Devil’s Dawn milk stout