Beer Dinner at Trellis in Kirkland Celebrates the Farmhouse Tradition

Beer dinners at Trellis in Kirkland are nothing short of sublime. Elegant affairs that are also casual and fun, the events feature locally sourced, magnificently prepared food paired smartly with delicious beers. The restaurant just announced a Cascade Beer Dinner, featuring beers from Portland’s Lompoc Brewing, on Thursday, September 10th.

Trellis is the revered restaurant at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Kirkland. In addition to having seriously upscale cuisine, they also have a very nice draft list, featuring local beers almost exclusively, and a kickass happy hour. 

Along with being the Executive Chef at Trellis, Brian Scheehser is something of a farmer, so some of the food will come from his own nearby farm. He’s also a beer geek and was involved in brewing the beers, which actually made use of hops from his farm. In other words, this beer dinner is seriously farmhouse-inspired: the beers all focus on the farmhouse tradition and much of the food will come from the chef’s own farm.

To learn more about the chef and his farm, check out the story I wrote for the now-defunct Beer West magazine back in 2011: Feasting at the Farmer’s Table.

Find more details about this event and the players involved in the press release below. Cascade Beer Dinner tickets are priced at $119 per person, inclusive of tax and service charge. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are available by emailing [email protected] or calling (425) 284-5858. For further information, please visit


Trellis Restaurant Chef/Farmer Brian Scheehser & Pastry Chef Sandra Watson Team up with Lompoc Brewery to Bring Guests a Whole New Culinary Experience

Kirkland, WA — Lompoc brewmaster Bryan Keilty joins Trellis Executive Chef Brian Scheehser and Pastry Chef Sandra Watson for an unforgettable evening of great food and farm inspired brews on Thursday, September 10, 2015. During the “Cascade Beer Dinner,” guests will sample a 4-course paired meal with locally farmed foods from Scheehser’s 18-acre plot and brews from one of the Northwest’s top craft beer makers.

Several months back, General Manager Troy Longwith and Chef Brian Scheehser made a visit to Portland and got their hands dirty by helping Bryan Keilty make the dinner’s farm inspired brews. Together they brewed (cooked) the triple hop, and as the brewmaster was cooking the other brews, they added the hops and other secret ingredients from Scheehser’s farm. The beers were aged in stainless and bourbon barrels.

What made this collaboration all the more fun and unique is both Keilty and Scheehser attended the same culinary programs at the same CIA school (Culinary Institute of America) and upon graduation, one became a chef and the other a brewmaster. What a small world!

Lompoc Brewing has been a Portland treasure since 1996, and has created a collection of flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonal brews. Trellis chefs have worked closely with Keilty to create a scrumptious one-of-a-kind menu.

“We’re excited to continue this unique experience where we showcase the finest Northwest beers paired with our farm-to-table cuisine,” says General Manager Troy Longwith. “This is a not to miss opportunity to sit down with the dynamic brewmaster, Bryan Keilty, as he describes his beer making philosophy and the amazing beers featured at the dinner.”

The intimate evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring a selection of passed appetizers. Celebrated guests will have plenty of opportunities to meet and converse with the chefs and brewmaster. A snapshot of the evening’s menu is below.
“Cascade Beer Dinner”

Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres

  • Cured Halibut & Tomato Poppers
  • Beer Glazed Prawns
  • Lavender Duck on a Pepper Crisp
  • Corn Madeline with Crème Fraîche & Poor Man’s Caviar


  • SaazAll Pilsner
  • Saison de L’Evolution

1st Course
Rustic Tart with Heirloom Tomatoes and Rolling Stone Artisan Goat Cheese
Beer: “Red Eye” – Bloody Mary Brew

2nd Course
Early Harvest Pumpkin Sauté, Cougar Gold Beer Sauce, Stuffed Rye Roll
Beer: “Golden Eye” – Triple Hopped IPA Brew

3rd Course
New York Steak “Prime, of course” Pepper and Herb Smoked Aged Hop-Monterey Jack
Beer: “Black Eye” – Blackberry Blueberry Brew

Apple Compote, Layer Cake, Cider Reduction, Apple Chip
“Apple of My Eye”
Bourbon Barrel Apple Vodka Brew

Hopped Up Caramel Chocolate Nut Bites
“Monster Mash” Porter

“Cascade Beer Dinner” tickets are priced at $119 per person, inclusive of tax and service charge. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are available by emailing [email protected] or calling (425) 284-5858. For further information, please visit

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