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Hops for Pops High Cuisine Dinner at The Carolina Inn

Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Carolina Brewery team for 5-course June 18 dinner

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (May 22, 2009) - Honor your father by treating him to some of the best "hops and high cuisine" found in North Carolina. What better way to toast an early Father's Day than a five-course dinner on Thursday, June 18 at The Carolina Inn's Crossroads Restaurant served with local beer pairings by Chapel Hill's own Carolina Brewery.

In the second of an ongoing seasonal series following the March Madness Beer Dinner, the Hops for Pops dinner takes place from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and costs $49 per person. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 919-918-2735.

Carolina Crossroads Executive Chef Jimmy Reale will prepare the special five-course dinner using the best local ingredients around, while Jon Connolly, Director of Brewing Operations at the Carolina Brewery, will pair each course with an award-winning beer. Your Dad will join the most recognized local restaurant and brewery as they artfully present some of Carolina's own "home grown cuisine." Live entertainment will be provided throughout the evening.

The event commences with a reception at 6:30 offering Watermelon and Jalapeno Shooters, North Carolina Shrimp with Summer Corn and Green Tomato Salsa and Beer Scented Pate a Choux with Beer Braised Short Ribs and Fresh Horseradish with the beer selections being Sky Blue Golden Ale and Flagship India Pale Ale.

The cheese course includes Italian Burrata, Hillsborough Cheese Company Eno Mountain Sharp and Tomme, with a Tomato Gelee, Balasamic Reduction and an Herbed Extra Virgin Olive Oil served with West End Wheat.

The next course features North Carolina Day Boat Catch and Local Lump Crab Salad with Field Greens, Baby Tomatoes, Radish, Crispy Bacon and Orange Gastrique accompanied by Firecracker Pale Ale.

The entrée features Cane Creek Farms Beer Brined Pork Chop, Field Pea Succotash, Farmers Market Tomatoes, Corn, Black Garlic and Orange County Shitake Salad with Copperline Amber Ale.

Dessert offers Porter Spice Cake with Lemon Glaze and Fresh Berries and a glass of Oatmeal Porter.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.  The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.

About Carolina Brewery
Carolina Brewery is a locally-owned brewery and restaurant that has drawn international attention for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Brewmaster Jon Connolly and his team. Founded in 1995, Carolina Brewery is the oldest brewery in the Triangle area and celebrates its 14th anniversary this year. Carolina Brewery's Flagship India Pale Ale won a Gold Medal in the 2006 Great American Beer Festival, and the Copperline Amber Ale is a Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Championships. Both of these beers are offered year-round, along with special limited-edition seasonal specials. Carolina Brewery is equally dedicated to food and its expanding menu, which raises the bar on traditional bar fare. The core menu of burgers, soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts is augmented by a special rotating menu with flavors and ingredients specific to the season.