Speaking of events, Paradiso is celebrating the debut of its expanded bar with a series of dinners and tapping parties this week.
Tonight and Wednesday feature five-course beer dinners, both priced at an all-inclusive $65. Seats remain for tonight’s 7 p.m. dinner, with a focus on Belgian and Italian beers. The main attractions are a pizza topped with chicken sausage, goat cheese and an almond/apricot pesto, paired with the strong Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin, and a dish of figs with ricotta and whiskey brown sugar glaze with the exquisite De Dochter van de Korenaar Peated Oak Aged Embrasse.
Wednesday’s American-focused dinner includes grilled summer vegetables with the easy-drinking Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and a veggie summer pizza (herb tomato sauce, summer herb salad and buffalo mozzarella) with Terrapin’s 10th Anniversary Ale. (Full menus are available on Paradiso’s Web site.)
Thursday, though, should be the biggest event: Every tap is being turned over to San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company, and a total of 14 drafts and three casks will be offered from 5 p.m. on. Arrive early, and not just because beers are half-price between 5 and 7: I hear the impossible-to-find Green Flash/Founders collaboration, Linch Pin, will be on tap.