Tapped: A Food & Beer Pairing is an annual event that brings the wonderful worlds of craft beer and delicious cuisine together for an amazing cause. This event is a means to raise awareness and funding for the Autism Society of Alabama, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy. Not only will attendees be treated to some of the best beer and food in the area, they will also have the chance to get involved and learn more about autism and the challenge it poses to thousands of people in our state.
The organizers of Tapped have arranged for the following restaurants to each create one or two dishes to be featured at the event:
- Blackwell's Pub
- The J. Clyde
- Maki Fresh
- The Peanut Depot
- Silvertron Cafe
- Superior Grill
By working with the above restaurants and Hop City Birmingham, members of Free the Hops will carefully pair five or six beers with each featured dish. These pairings will allow the beer to accentuate the flavor and experience of the paired food and vice versa. The overall goal of these pairings is to show those attending that beer is the ultimate compliment to food. The exact beer list has not yet been released, but you can expect the beers to be of various styles from local and regional breweries throughout the Southeast.
In addition to the fantastic food and beer, attendees will enjoy live music, the antique cars and race memorabilia of Old Car Heaven, and an auction of rare beer, wine, and artwork. Also, this year's event will also see the addition of Corked: A Food & Wine Pairing so guests can enjoy both craft beer and fine wine pairings.
Tickets for this event are $30 in advance or $35 at the door day of the event. Cost of admission includes all live entertainment, food and beverage. You can purchase your advance tickets online by clicking here or from any Autism Society Junior Board member. All proceeds from ticket and auction sales will go to benefit the Autism Society of Alabama and their mission.
If you are free on Friday, I hope you all can make plans to attend Tapped. Not only will it make for a great night out to enjoy some of Birmingham's best food, beer and wine, but you will also get the wonderful opportunity to support the very worthy cause of the Autism Society of Alabama at the same time. You truly cannot go wrong with an event like this one. Prost!