Brooklyn Brewery is on a mission to bring its tasty cerveza across the country and in order to that they started the Brooklyn Brewery MASH Tour. The tour has been through 11 cities across this great nation and it’s ending right here in the 305. With a week packed with beertastic events, I was lucky enough to check out The Art Of The Burger event last night at Shake Shack in Coral Gables on behalf of Burger Beast.
About 25 people converged on the patio of Coral Gable’s Shake Shack location for an informative feast. For $25, patrons got their hands on 3 of Shake Shack’s signature burgers, fries and a beer float for dessert. Oh yea, all three burgers were also perfectly paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers. Brooklyn Brewery’s House Chef, Andrew Gerson, was on hand explaining each beer pairing, dropped Brooklyn Brewery knowledge and the logic behind each selection. Culinary Director for Shake Shack, Mark Rosati, was also in attendance providing background information on Shake Shack and each dish we were trying.
First up we tried the Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brewery’s flagship brew. At 5.9% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), this was one of the strongest beers of the night. Personally, it’s one of my regular go-to beers for its mild yet slightly bitter bite. The burger came paired with a simple hamburger. No frills, no fru-fru toppings, just meat and bread. Diners got a side of ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles if they wanted to dress it up. So simple, pero like super delicious.
Moving right along we had the traditional Shackburger with ShackMeister ale (4.8% ABV). Surprisingly enough, ShackMeister ale is a collaboration effort between Shake Shack and Brooklyn Brewery. It’s currently in the works of being bottled for consumption outside of Shake Shack, but until that comes to fruition you’ll only be able to get ShackMeister ale at Shake Shacks across the east coast. ShackMeister is a simple pale ale with a slightly citrus flavor. The Shackburger is the signature burger at Shake Shack. Secret ShackSauce, american cheese, tomato and a piece of lettuce. This pairing is classic Shake Shack, the best lunch possible on a hot Summer day (or any day in Miami for that matter).
Last on the burger train was a much heartier combination and it came right around the time where people were starting to loosen their belt buckles. Their SmokeShack burger is a cheeseburger topped with Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon, spicy cherry peppers and ShackSauce. Slightly spicy, smokey and delicious. This burger came with a side of crinkle cut fries and Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale (5.9% ABV).
By this time, I was regretting not having worn yoga pants to this shindig. Three beers and three full-size burgers deep, just about everyone was in need of a walk around the block. Alas, we weren’t yet done, we still had dessert on the way! We slowly moved into our Beer Float. Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV) was paired with a giant dollop of Shake Shacks Vanilla Frozen Custard. The chocolate stout is a heavy and bitter stout that is completely mellowed out by the creamy custard. This was definitely a fun spin on an old American classic.
Just as I was about to ask the Shake Shack staff if they had a pin pan pun in the back so I could take a quick nap on, the night had come to an end. No great party ends without party favors and as gracious hosts, Shake Shack gave everyone a coupon for a free custard and groovy sunglasses. Brooklyn Brewery still has a few events in store throughout Miami as they wrap up their MASH Tour, so be sure to check out their upcoming events here.