Coast to Coast Toast at Olympic

Staff Report

Rockford’s Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., will celebrate the best of Belgian beer in America with dinner and a movie to help raise money for Parkinson’s research Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Olympic Tavern will raise its glasses with hundreds of other beer bars and restaurants around the world in the third annual Coast to Coast Toast. The event features a three-course Belgian-inspired food menu and a screening of the new independent documentary Beer Hunter: The Movie.

Beer Hunter documents the life of revered beer and whiskey writer Michael Jackson. Jackson passed away in 2007 from Parkinson’s disease, so Olympic Tavern will be asking for a $10 donation to the National Parkinson’s Foundation for “admission” to the bar. If there’s a full house, the movie will be shown again at 10 p.m. For every person who orders the Belgian food and beer pairing, The Olympic Tavern will donate another $5 to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Food menu (subject to change based on availability) will include moules frites (beer-steamed mussels with crispy fries and tarragon mayo); carbonnades flamandes (hearty beef stew with root vegetables and dijon mustard crouton); and waffles with stout dark chocolate sauce and berries. Beer menu (on tap at 11 a.m.) will include DuPont Monk’s Stout, Hop Ruiter and DuPont Foret Organic saison.

The Olympic Tavern, founded in 1945, is a family-owned and operated restaurant.

The Coast to Coast Toast, presented by beer importer Vanberg & Dewulf, is the single largest one-day celebration of Belgian beer culture in the United States.

Jackson was an English author of many influential books about beer and whiskey. His books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, and he is credited with helping to start a renaissance of interest in beer and breweries worldwide in the 1970s.

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From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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