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Monday, July 20, 2015

Between Two Shells: Asian Style Chargrilled Oysters with Tin Roof Turnrow Harvest Ale

by Blair "B-Rex" Loup

A pint of Tin Roof Brewing's Turnrow Harvest Ale and the Asian Style Chargrilled Oyster at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar
A pint of Tin Roof Brewing's Turnrow Harvest Ale and the Asian Style Chargrilled Oyster at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar

All this hot weather has me constantly in the mood for spicy food. Then again, I’m always down for any bite with a kick. 

I know I can always get my heat fix at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar by dousing any raw oyster that comes my way with habanero hot sauce, but I recently discovered another spicy menu item at my favorite downtown spot.

The Asian Style chargrilled oysters are everything you’ve wanted oysters to be. Seafood and ponzu sauce just works. It’s like ponzu sauce walked into the oyster bar, arms wide open (lookin’ at you Creed) and said, “I’m here. Love me.”

Ponzu sauce has everything an oyster needs: a little citrus, a little sweet, and just enough vinegar to compliment the briny taste of the oyster. Top that puppy with some Sriracha sauce and I’m a happy girl.

I chose to pair this tasty morsel with a Tin Roof Tunrow. Turnrow is a harvest ale brewed with fresh ground coriander (aka cilantro). This means it's citrusy, spiced, and light, which translates to a “perfect for hot, humid days” brew.

This is what ‘Between Two Shells’ is all about: separately yummy, but magical together.

Below are some of the other pairings we suggest at Jolie Pearl: